Mar 21, 2013 — Morality emerges from our evolved nature: so claims primatologist Frans de Waal, who takes aim in his new book at the view that morality comes from God. Commentator Barbara J. King finds de Waal's argument persuasive.
Feb 28, 2013 — For decades anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon has incited uproar with his claims of genetically-rooted violence among Venezuela's Ya?nomamö Indians. Now anthropologist Marshall Sahlins has resigned from the National Academy of Sciences, citing, among other things, Chagnon's election to the body. Why all the drama?
Feb 13, 2013 — In 1964, Napoleon Chagnon did what few other anthropologists had ever done: He went to the Amazon to study an isolated tribe. His findings cast him out from his profession as a heretic.
Jul 14, 2010 — You don't need a background in science to enjoy these research-fueled reads. From the mysteries of the male brain to the logistics of having a clone to the problem of mortality, these books straightforwardly tackle present and future scientific puzzles.
Sep 29, 2008 — Many people generate an immense amounts of digital data during a single day — often without a second thought. But Stephen Baker, a senior writer at BusinessWeek, warns that the information generated is being monitored by a group of entrepreneurial mathematicians.
Nov 26, 2006 — In his new book Thumbs, Toes and Tears, author Chip Walter explores the physical and behavioral traits that are unique to humans. He notes that humans are the only creatures to cry, and that technological advances mark another front in our evolution.
Sep 26, 2004 — NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Josh Aiello, author of 60 People to Avoid at the Water Cooler, a tongue-in-cheek anthropological study of annoying corporate creatures, including The Pompous General Partner, the Condescending IT Guy, and the Incontinent CEO.