In July 1929 a frail, elderly woman quietly processed acorns on the floor of the Yosemite Valley. Her weather worn face appeared thin, yet firm like crumpled paper.
Some say that the differences between boys and girls are just aping nature, but studies of primates tell a more complex story "Boys will be boys" is a popular refrain in schools.
A new book argues race and genetics explain "the rise of the West." Bad science explains the downfall of its ideas. Nicholas Wade is not a racist.
Helen would never have yielded herself to a man from a foreign country, if she had known that the sons of Achaeans would come after her and bring her back.
Economics is inextricably tied to moral behavior, though few economists will say that. It’s time someone did. In every financial transaction–whether you’re selling a car, paying employees, or repackaging commodity futures as financial derivatives–there are ethical calculations that influence economic activity beyond the price.
In the struggle for existence how do we herald the better angels of our nature? "Speech" by Nathaniel Gold Author's Note: On Tuesday I will be traveling to Manchester, England for the International Conference for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine where I'll be giving my talk entitled "A Historical Epistemology of Empathy from Darwin to De Waal." In the lead up to my journey across the pond the iCHSTM organizers offered me the opportunity to publish a shortened version of my talk on the conference blog where I have cross-posted that which follows.
Science is not a path towards truth; therein lies its greatest strength. "Tibetan Monkey" by Nathaniel Gold In his latest book, The Bonobo and the Atheist , primatologist Frans de Waal describes a forum held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he spoke alongside the Dalai Lama.
"Timmy" by Nathaniel Gold and Cheetah Longtime readers of The Primate Diaries will certainly know the artwork of Nathaniel Gold. Ever since we encountered one another's work in the spring of 2011 we have been collaborating on a fusion of art and science.
New research challenges the story of human evolution, revealing a more complex picture than anyone imagined. "Memento mori" by Nathaniel Gold Studying the bones of our ancestors does more than connect past with present.
Why does the U.S. suspect Iran of faking their monkey space flight? Because we did it first. "Iranian Space Monkey (Espionage)" by Nathaniel Gold It was a blistering hot summer, as it usually is in that part of the world.
Author’s Note: The following originally appeared at ScienceBlogs.com and was subsequently a finalist in the 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize judged by Richard Dawkins.
"Rand" by Nathaniel Gold “Every political philosophy has to begin with a theory of human nature,” wrote Harvard evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin in his book Biology as Ideology .
A new study argues that in-law competition drove the evolution of menopause. But is the story too good to be true? "Evil Queen" by Nathaniel Gold In the classic Scandinavian folktale "The Twelve Wild Ducks," also known as "The Twelve Brothers" in Grimms' Fairy Tales , a wicked old Queen is jealous of her daughter-in-law's beauty.
"Primates Playing Poker" by Nathaniel Gold Humans are one of the most cooperative species on the planet. Our ability to coordinate behavior and work collaboratively with others has allowed us to create the natural world’s largest and most densely populated societies, outside of deep sea microbial mats and a few Hymenoptera mega-colonies.However, a key problem when trying to understand the evolution of cooperation has been the issue of cheaters.
The United States is the deadliest wealthy country in the world. Can science help us explain, or even solve, our national crisis?
Prominent scientists are in a bitter struggle over the origins of kindness. But the root of this conflict may be the most ironic part of all.<
After a year of collaborative work it is time to reflect and give thanks. Won't you join us? "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ape" by Nathaniel Gold Today marks the one year anniversary of The Primate Diaries in its latest incarnation here at the Scientific American blog network as well as my collaboration with the artist, and fellow primate, Nathaniel Gold.
In contrast to "killer-apes," the latest evidence suggests our peaceful primate cousins may be a better model for human origins. Author's note: A new study published in the journal Nature has sequenced the genome of bonobos and compared them to chimpanzees as well as humans finding some surprising results.
Science is social, but when political ideology takes precedence over experimental evidence the results can be fatal. "Eduard Kolchinsky" by Nathaniel Gold The United States is in the midst of a partisan political battle over science.
Third genders, two spirits, and a media without a clue. Author's Note: Earlier this month the UK Daily Mail reported on continued excavation at an archaeological site near Prague where researchers described an individual with an alternative gender identity.