Did Cooking Make Us Human?

Origin Stories | 29 December 2015 | 0h 18m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Did cooking make us human? Richard Wrangham, author of “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human” and Rachel Carmody discuss the impact that cooked food had on human evolution.

Joseph Henrich on Cultural Evolution, WEIRD Societies, and Life Among Two Strange Tribes

Conversations with Tyler | 14 December 2016 | 1h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with anthropologist Joseph Henrich, author of “The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter.” Argues that intelligence is overrated and that social learning, and its ability to influence biological evolution over time, is what really sets our species apart. Discusses his work on cultural evolution, his life among different tribes (academic and otherwise), China’s missing industrial revolution, and the Flynn effect.