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     New research finds chimpanzees follow  prestigious models when learning new tasks.        Monika Thorpe / Creative Commons If one were to play psychiatrist to the natural world, most human beings would be committed for our certifiable obsession with other peoples’ behavior. We compulsively examine, study, appraise, size up, and scope out what those around us are doing…

English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679) is widely held as the “father of political science.” His 1651 book Leviathan makes the case for why monarchy is the only political system that is consistent with human nature. He bases his argument on the following assumption about humans in “the state of nature” (what we…

On July 9, 1858 the German-American anthropologist Franz Boas was born. To honor the man widely held as the “father of American anthropology” the American Anthropological Association offered a tribute for Boas today on their blog. What conveniently went unmentioned was the fact that the AAA censured Boas in 1918 for revealing that American anthropologists…

Anthropology Carnival with Afarensis

Four Stone Hearth #70, the migrating anthropology blog carnival, has been posted today at the new site of Afarensis. I hosted the carnival earlier at the original home of The Primate Diaries, and I hope to again soon. There’s a lot of great posts in this edition and I encourage everyone to check them out.…

Liberation Ecology

Sunrise on the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Vearl Brown / Creative Commons From the beginning our human family has been on a journey. Born together, in eastern Africa about 100,000 years ago, our ancestors migrated to distant points around the globe. Our family scattered, communication was cut off and, in most cases, we forgot about them…