Genetics and the Human Revolution

Genetics and the Human Revolution

David Reich has made a name for himself using genetics to track demography, following the movements and descent of humanity from our (messy) divergence with chimpanzees to our prehistoric migrations around the world. But ancient DNA has been more enigmatic on inscrutable on burning questions of biology, including which genes generated modern human behavior (art, culture, language, tools…) — or even whether there is a meaningfully “modern” subset of genes. In Harvard Magazine, I discuss why Reich thinks that is, and the possibility that our ancestors didn’t evolve modern behavior — but rather invented it.

Read more at Harvard Magazine

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See also my previous coverage of this question in NOVA Next

Making Smart Machines Fair

Making Smart Machines Fair