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Eric Michael Johnson
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Robert Axelrod was awarded the 2014 National Medal of Science today. I interviewed him about the evolution of cooperation, his memories of biologist W.D. Hamilton, and how we can promote cooperation in world affairs.
Why do we choose to cooperate and how can we promote greater cooperation in world affairs? These are the questions that Robert Axelrod has pursued for more than 40 years. His career has been an interdisciplinary exploration that has encompassed mathematics, political science, and evolutionary ...
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In my latest post I look at the tragic legacy behind Yosemite National Park and the modern conservation crisis.
In July 1929 a frail, elderly woman quietly processed acorns on the floor of the Yosemite Valley. Her weather worn face appeared thin, yet firm like ...
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It's not an egg little chimp! It's a rock! You must stop this madness, you'll wear yourself out.
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Disgraced primatologist Marc Hauser's second chance? Views from +David Dobbs: http://j.mp/15wqERx and +Ivan Oransky: http://j.mp/15wqutu
Having written quite a bit about the ruckus raised when Harvard psychologist Marc Hauser was caught fabricating data and committing other acts of scientific misconduct, forcing his resignation, I w...
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In many hunter-gatherer societies, if you want privacy, you leave the group and head into the dark forest. We do the same by going offline. At least, some of us do (and others probably should).
Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn't exist. No wonder we are hopeless oversharers
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The scientific method is one that accepts human folly for what it is and works within our limitations to discard the steady stream of ideas that are inconsistent with reality.
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In my latest piece for Slate I look at the culture of misogyny online and off, as well as what we can do about it.
Light from the monitors cast lurid shadows upon their pallid, staring faces as their right hands pumped rhythmically up and down over the F5 key to reload their screens. “I can’t refresh fast enough,” one commenter typed ecstatically, while another announced, “This is the best night of my life!” Many...
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A battle is being waged over kin and kind. What are relatives good for? My latest for Slate: http://j.mp/1hEPfwu
A battle is being waged over kin and kind: Did cooperation evolve in humans and other animals because it helped relatives? Or because it promoted group living?   A school of thought known as inclusive fitness theory—or kin selection—sits at the center of the conflict. Most biologists consider it to...
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An important piece by +David Dobbs. 
The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong
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Parla italiano? My latest Scientific American piece has been translated: http://j.mp/1cPv4L3 Original here: http://j.mp/15mVRGL 
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In my latest for Scientific American I look at what anthropologists can offer towards building a moral economy.
Economics is inextricably tied to moral behavior, though few economists will say that. It's time someone did. In every financial transaction--whether you're selling a car, paying employees, ...
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An excellent critique of Malcolm Gladwell's overly broad conclusions on the role of culture in airline disasters.
A few weeks ago, I attended a PGA golf tournament. You might think watching golf is boring, but I beg to differ: professional golf tournaments offer a chance to witness firsthand one of the amazing athletic feats in the world...
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PhD student in History of Science with a graduate degree in Evolutionary Anthropology; creator of the blog The Primate Diaries; published in Scientific American, Discover, Times Higher Education, the Journal of Human Evolution, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and many more online.


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3 Quarks Daily Science Prize (2014); AAAS Research Poster Competition Winner (2011); Finalist for Research Blog of the Year (2010).
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  • University of British Columbia
    History of Science, present
  • Duke University
    Evolutionary Anthropology
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