The Anthropology Corner
This is for those who embrace that complimentary flipside of Dawkins' sociobiology- biological, evolutionist and materialist interpretations of anthropology. Come here to talk about human evolution, primatology, and cultural and biological anthropology.
First Topic: Chimps with spears (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070222-chimps-spears.html)-
Recently evolved behavior, or just previously unobserved? As female chimps are more avid tool users in the wild, and this ties directly in with their reproductive requirements, shouldn't we have expected that females, particularly mothers, would be the first of the contemporary apes to invent spears? And has this behavior spread to the males, who ritually hunt as a show of group solidarity, spontaneously, even when food resources are plentiful? What do you think?
“It is true that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. It is equally true that in the land of the blind, the two-eyed man is an enemy of the state, the people, and domestic tranquility… and necessarily so. Someone has to rearrange the furniture.”