Tag: culture

  • Man the Hunter Debunked

    A common trope in evolutionary anthropology is the notion of the male as hunter and the female as gatherer. But was this binary division of labor actually in place among developing cultures? New research challenges this all too accepted belief, and forces Anthony and Jeff to reexamine one of science's most common misconceptions. [more]

  • Extreme Sitting and Worldwide Trolley Problems

    Robert “Robby” Silk, 49, has pioneered the sport of competitive chair-sitting, an endurance activity that involves sitting in extreme environments, from sun-up to sundown without any sort of time pieces or electronic devices. Jeff and Anthony discuss whether this trailblazing behavior makes him a badass. Then, is the infamous "Trolley Problem" considered differently by different cultures around the world? A group of researchers decided to find out, and Anthony and Jeff take a look at the results. [more]

  • The Ads of Your Dreams and Evolving Culture

    A group of dream researchers are calling for the regulation of commercial dream manipulation, so Jeff and Anthony take a look at whether we need to worry about brands incepting our dreams. Then, a new study suggests that human culture may be driving evolution faster than genetic mutations. Anthony and Jeff examine the ramifications of looking at global culture as the next evolutionary step. [more]

  • Rice Guys Finish Last

    How you behave in Starbucks may reveal something about whether your ancestors grew wheat or rice. That’s the conclusion of a new study in China, which finds that people descended from wheat farmers—who largely rely on themselves—typically drink coffee alone, whereas descendants of rice growers—who must work with their community to build complex irrigation fields—tend to sip in groups. Jeff and Anthony wonder where Pumpkin Spice Latte drinkers came from. [more]

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