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Extreme Biology

The new rules for living longer and healthier

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Extreme Biology

Love Bonobos for What They Are

over 1 year ago

There are several groups of people who are turned off by Bonobos.  The anthropologists don’t like Bonobos because they’re too peaceful.  So they have set up these evolutionary scenarios of humans advancing by wiping out other groups and humans being aggressive and warrior-like and vanquishing ...

Extreme Biology

Why I'm an Animal Lover

over 1 year ago

I’m basically an animal lover.  I study animals not to understand humans necessarily although that has become my business, of course. Working with primates it’s very easy for me to connect what chimpanzees or Bonobos do to human behavior.  And people are very interested in that part of my work ...

Extreme Biology

Two Reasons the Fear of Death is Universal

over 1 year ago

What explains the seemingly universal human fear of dying? It’s a mixture of two things, which could be separated.  One is we know that other people die. And when other people die, particularly people who have a close role in our lives, we experience it as a potentially final loss. And from that ...

Extreme Biology

Why You Should Eat Bugs

over 1 year ago

In terms of sustainability and what we eat and what its footprint is on the environment and the consequences of eating one thing versus another, obviously it makes a lot of sense to be eating insects.  They’re incredibly plentiful.  They’ve got a very short turnover rate.  You could be eating ...