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Cultural Evolution and Language Mavenry, Or Why Making Fun of People Who Mix Metaphors Is Not a Waste Of Time

Dan Cloud | Posted 07.26.2015 | Science
Dan Cloud

The discovery that I may actually be accomplishing something with my language snobbery is a serendipitous result of our ongoing effort to find a workable theory of cultural evolution.

Mindful Evolution: Can You Guide What Your Genes Are Doing?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
Deepak Chopra

Human beings are unique in the scenario of life on Earth--that much is obvious. We are guided by awareness, and to implement our wishes, dreams, and i...

Brain Scan Reveals Old World Monkey's Surprisingly Complex Brain

Tom Edathikunnel | Posted 07.07.2015 | Science
Tom Edathikunnel

The brain scan of a fossilized monkey skull has given evolutionary anthropologists new clues into the branching of humanity's ancient origins and is rewriting the current understanding of primate brain development.

Fury Road and the Evolution of the Hero

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 06.19.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legalization of contraception in the U.S., and the release of a Mad Max sequel with a woman in the hero role. What do these things have in common?

Did Fire Spark Storytelling?

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 06.24.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

How many of us have wondered, to paraphrase Ursula Le Guin, why we huddle about the campfire? A recent study poses an answer to this question by looking at what hunter-gatherers talk about as they sit around the fire at night.

Here's Gruesome Proof That Ancient Brits Were Cannibals

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science

Apologies in advance if you're eating right now. Archaeologists have found evidence of human cannibalism in many ancient cultures around the world....

Why Distance Runners Are Super-Sexy, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.13.2015 | Science

Guys who go the distance may be better at getting the girls. After all, a new study of marathoners suggests that endurance running ability signals ...

Synchronicity, Evolution and Your Genes (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP and Jordan Flesher, BA Psychology Everyone has had a meaningful coincidence happen to them -- the classic example is thi...

500,000-Year-Old 'Swiss Army Knife' Discovered

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science

A set of half-a-million-year-old stone tools -- including what's being called a prehistoric "swiss army knife" -- have scientists going gaga. The t...

Science Explains Why Men Like Women With Curvy Booties

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.10.2015 | Science

From that bootylicious Kim photo that broke the internet to hit songs like "All About That Bass," women's backsides are having a major moment in the s...

WATCH: How The Ability To Make Believe Changed The Course Of The World

Fusion | Jordi Oliveres, Fer Gonzalez and Gerry Martinez | Posted 03.02.2015 | World

What is it about the human brain that allowed otherwise unremarkable primates to become the most powerful species on the planet? Historian Yuval Harar...

Can Wisdom Save Us? Why It Has To

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

There's always a sense of crisis in the air generated by whatever bad news is making the headlines. At the moment, the greatest alarm is being stirred...

Ancient Skull Sheds New Light On Human-Neanderthal Sex

Live Science | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.30.2015 | Science

An ancient human skull fragment found in Israel may come from a close relative of the first modern humans to colonize Europe, researchers say. The f...

A Work of Heart

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Bhaerman

What contribution -- grand or modest, private or public -- do you have to make to the greater good of all? Is it a project or idea of your own design, or something that already exists that you fervently want to advance?

You're Not a Chimpanzee, So Don't Make Love Like One

Dan Cloud | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Dan Cloud

Since Christmas is approaching, I'm tempted to say that these books might make good stocking stuffers. But the male ego is so fragile that some delicacy is required on the part of the giver, who must somehow insinuate that she's just trying to improve an already awesome performance.

What's So Feminine About Being a Feminist?

Lisa Marie Jenkins | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Lisa Marie Jenkins

Do we need a few policy changes, sure, but the real issue is the lack of balance between masculine and feminine characteristics in the world. And I don't mean male vs. female. True empowerment comes from peace, which is exactly what the 21st century should be about.

Women and Warfare in Human Evolution

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 01.19.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

Forager war narratives document an aspect of human experience that has been overlooked in the study of human evolution: the costs that warfare imposed on women. Many of these problems remain with us to this day. Thus, understanding how these problems shaped our past may help us address them in the present.

Here's The Remarkably Simple Reason Your Face Is Unique

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.19.2014 | Science

Face it. If we all looked the same, our world would be pretty boring. Fortunately every human face has its own unique features, and for that, we can t...

'Taung Child' Scans Upend Ideas About Ancient Human Ancestor

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science

The skull of an ancient human ancestor fails to show evidence of the type of brain expansion typically seen in modern human infants, according to a ...

Here's How Long We Canoodled With The Neanderthals

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stocki...

Genes Reveal Reason Pygmies Are So Short

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science

Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainfor...

Is Postpartum Depression a Disease of Modern Civilization?

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Working with UCLA's Martie Haselton, Chapman University psychological scientist Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook has been exploring the evidence from diverse sources to argue that postpartum depression is linked to early weaning, deficient diet, inactivity, not enough sunshine, and lack of family support.

Anna Almendrala

Evidence That Friends Really Are The Family We Choose

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Sister from another mister. Brother from another mother. The family you choose. When it comes to describing your friends, those turns of phrase ma...

Ancient Ear Raises New Questions About Human Evolution

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Science

The remains of an ancient human in China not thought to be Neanderthal has an inner ear much like that of humans' closest extinct relatives, accordin...

PHOTOS: 'Pit Of Bones' Skulls Confirm Neanderthals' Stepwise Evolution

natureheader | Ewen Callaway | Posted 06.23.2014 | Science

The emergence of Neanderthals is just as mysterious as their disappearance about 30,000 years ago. A study of skulls from a possible burial pit in nor...