Anthropologist Robin Dunbar has a recent paper arguing that as group size increases—particularly with the historical transition to larger and more sedentary agricultural societies—additional social institutions are required to manage the challenges of group living. Dunbar…
From one of the highest homicide rates ever recorded to none for decades
Fame and infamy in small-scale warfare
What I watched and appreciated
As soon as the Harfoots first appear in the show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, we are given a great deal of insight into their culture. We…
The sophistication and skill of Bushmen hunters is, I had thought, fairly well known to many educated WEIRDos. In his book The Demon-Haunted World…
This post recounts events described in the book The Harmless People (1958, 1989) by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Among the Bushmen of Nyae Nyae in Namibia…
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be—Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night, 1961. Minkiol was the most despised and…
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Traditions of Conflict