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Birth to Grandmotherhood: Childrearing In Human Evolution

Reblog from UCTV University of California Television

They are the most precious product of humanity. Like all living things, they are why, at the most fundamental level, we exist — offspring. They are why a few thousand individuals spread out of Africa so many eons ago, and why we eventually populated every habitable environment on the planet.

So this time around, CARTA, The Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny asked, what role does childrearing have in making us human? Continue reading

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What We Learn Before We Are Born

An incredibly interesting TED talk on how learning, actually begins in the womb…
Annie Murphy Paul investigates how life in the womb shapes who we become.

Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb — from the list of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods. Her book is entitled “Origins” Continue reading