Anthropology · Cognitive Science · Evolutionary Psychology

The Secret of our Success

  This post is about the recent book The Secret of our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species and Making Us Smarter, by Joseph Henrich, Princeton Press, 2016.  For me this is an extremely important book since I think that what Henrich is doing is right at the cutting edge of contemporary anthropology…… Continue reading The Secret of our Success

Animals · Anthropology · Evolution

“Morals Without God” by Frans de Waal

The article below consists of a my very sparse notes from “Morals Without God, ” an essay by Frans de Waal which appeared in the New York Times, in the philosophy section, “The Stone” on 17 October, 2010.  The article also is part of the book called  The Stone Reader, which is a selection of the best articles that…… Continue reading “Morals Without God” by Frans de Waal

Anthropology · History

Summary of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

This is a partial summary of Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind.  What follows is a combination of summary and review. This article is a work in progress.  I plan to finish this article by the end of 2017. Main points of the Book.   Humans are animals like all other animals.…… Continue reading Summary of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

Anthropology · Cultural Evolution

What Really Makes Man Different

This is a review of The Secret of our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species and Making Us Smarter.  by Joseph Heinrich, Copyright  2016 Joseph Heinrich is a new kind of scientist.  Heinrich is an anthropologist and professor of psychology and economics.  He is the Canada Research Chair in culture, cognition…… Continue reading What Really Makes Man Different