human universals

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We all love a good insult (but leave my mom out of it)

Every human being has things in common with every other human being, in fact over two hundred things, according to anthropologist Donald Brown. While some emphasize the differences in people, especially people in other groups (and count on this: the others are not as good as us) even this is a human universal; the preference … Continue reading

Your wonderful face and what it tells the world

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships And burnt the topless towers of Illium? The above quote is from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, and it is about Helen of Troy, the quintessentially beautiful woman who started the Trojan War by changing partners. Her face, Marlowe says, launched a thousand ships. Facial recognition is … Continue reading

Humans: what we all have in common

Anthropologist Donald Brown wrote Human Universals, about the things all humans share, across different times and cultures. This brought down a mini schmidt-storm on his head from the anthropological community, which preferred cultural relativism, but cheers from the psychological community, which assumes all humans think pretty much alike. But why should humans sharing many innate … Continue reading