The Real Magic of Rituals
We might call them superstitions or spells, but they genuinely drum anxiety away.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
An anthropologist schooled in spiritual healing offers wisdom for troubled times.
A Viral Twitter Thread Reawakens the Dark History of Anthropology
I’m an anthropologist and rarely have I seen such a harmful mix of inaccuracies and stereotypes about Indigenous people.
Love Is Biological Bribery
Evolution uses all its tricks to make sure we procreate. But love in humans is a many-splendored thing.
The Worth of an Angry God
How supernatural beliefs allowed societies to bond and spread.
The Beloved Mesolithic Girl
As a new mother, an anthropologist makes a moving discovery at an infant’s burial site.
What Industrial Societies Get Wrong About Childhood
Age-based classes are not the only way to learn—and may not be the most effective.
Why a Universal Society Is Unattainable
Our minds evolved in an Us-vs-Them universe of our own making.
The Psychic Toll of Severing the Hunter-Prey Relationship
The emotional connection between hunter and hunted raises important questions about what happens when an animal species disappears—what is the human response to such ill-fate?Wellcome Images / Wikicommons A productive hunt is a violent act—success requiring as it does the dismemberment of a living creature. Yet, to focus alone on the concluding moment, the bloody […]
An Ancient Site with Human Skulls on Display
Where our ancestors began to elevate themselves above nature.
Gender Is What You Make of It
Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and the relationship that changed social science.
How We Learned to Love Neanderthals…and a Lot of Other Hominids, Too
Genetic analysis reveals a complex tale of migrations and cross-species trysts in our human past
Why Doesn’t Everybody Have Dark Skin Today?
Questions and answers about the science of skin color.