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How to Raise a Child the Hunter-Gatherer Way

Hold them, share them, let them run free. Why the traditional way of raising kids is better than ours.

Dec 2012
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The Ends of the World as We Know Them

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Vengeance Is Ours

What can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even?

Apr 2008
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Paradises Lost

When the mutineers from HMS Bounty landed on Pitcairn Island, they found no people—just a desolate land marked by the relics of a vanished society. The story of that lost civilization is just now being learned. And it’s far more frightening than any tale of Captain Bligh.

Nov 1997
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Speaking with a Single Tongue

Like many animal species, thousands of languages are in danger of extinction. At stake is the world’s cultural heritage.

Feb 1993
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Turning a Man

To their own horror and that of their parents, some babies born with male genes end up with female parts.
Jun 1992
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Sex and the Female Agenda

Most female mammals are anything but subtle when it comes to telling males it’s time for sex. Not humans. For good evolutionary reasons, women have found it’s much better to keep men in the dark.

Sep 1993
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How Africa Became Black

Africa’s racial history was not necessarily its racial destiny. To unravel the story of Africa’s past, you must not only look at its faces but listen to its languages and harvest its crops.

Feb 1994
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Why Women Change

The winners of evolution’s race are those who can leave behind the most offspring to carry on their progenitors’ genes. So doesn’t it seem odd that human females should be hobbled in their prime by menopause?

Jul 1996
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Father’s Milk

Experience may tell you that producing milk and nursing youngsters is a job for the female mammal, not the male. But your experience is probably limited, and the potential of biology—and medical technology—is vast.

Feb 1995
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The Arrow of Disease

When Columbus and his successors invaded the Americas, the most potent weapon they carried was their germs. But why didn’t deadly disease flow in the other direction, from the New World to the Old?

Oct 1992
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Dining with the Snakes

Watching a python eat rat is not a spectacle for the squeamish. But it is a lesson in some prodigious feats of physiology.

Apr 1994
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Biology and Medicine

Once upon a time, all the fruits, nuts, and berries our gathering ancestors ate were wild. Someone, at some time, had to come up with the bright idea of crops.
Sep 1994
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Writing Right

Some written languages are a precise reflection of a people’s speech, while others, like english, are a complete mess. Is this alphabetical evolution? Or the unequal application of logic to literacy?

Jun 1994
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Living through the Donner Party

The nineteenth-century survivors of the infamous Donner Party told cautionary tales of starvation and cannibalism, greed and self-sacrifice. But not until now are we learning why the survivors survived.

Mar 1992
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Kinship with the Stars

No one knew better than Carl Sagan how vital it is for scientists to communicate with the public. And no one knew better what grief they get when they do.

May 1997
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The Curse of QWERTY

O typewriter? Quit your torture!
Apr 1997
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Race without Color

Basing race on body chemistry makes no more sense than basing race on appearance—but at least you get to move the membership around.

Nov 1994
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Japanese Roots

Just who are the Japanese? Where did they come from and when? The answers are difficult to come by, though not impossible—the real problem is that the Japanese themselves may not want to know.
Jun 1998
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Twilight at Easter

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The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

The adoption of agriculture was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered.

May 1987