Archive for the ‘The Avian Mammal’ Category

The Mammal That Pair-Bonds Like A Bird

Since our ancestors lived in the trees, we have undergone two adaptations, both of which were an understandable response to evolutionary pressures but whose combination is really quite a bad idea. These two adaptations are the upright posture and the big brain. The pelvic changes of the first adaptation have made it very difficult to […]

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 10:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal

An Economic Institution?

Anthropologists aver that human marriage is more economic than reproductive, but a textbook of evolutionary biology points out that we could say the same for the other animals as well, as many engage in shared housekeeping tasks. Economics is in any case the handmaiden of, and perhaps a subset of reproduction; that is, any behaviour […]

Posted on April 4, 2009 at 10:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Nostalgia For The Longhouse

The evolutionary biologists and anthropologists reckon that we spent a million years or so as small groups of hunter-gatherers. Not isolated, for there was exchange of ideas, goods and sexual partners with other groups, but always in a community several score strong. Our brain seems to be wired to keep track of 120 known individuals […]

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 10:33 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 4 Comments
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal

Keeping Parents Away From Children

It is a basic assumption of our sentimentalised nuclear-family society that children should be brought up by their parents; which is not to say that this is inevitable, natural or sensible. Throughout the history of the world, vast numbers of children have been brought up by someone other than their parents. In some communities, children […]

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 09:04 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal

It Takes A Village…

There is a well-known saying that it takes a village to raise a child. The reason is apparently that other villagers are supposed to help both discipline and advise and assist the child. After all, if it is to become a part of the community, the community needs to help with that integration. If that […]

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 09:26 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Invisibility Of Work

It is said that all teenagers pass through a stage in which they think their parents are idiots. Some of them are correct in this belief while others are not. Is this development, however, such a cosmic constant as we assume? Did the young hunter-gatherer always and necessarily think his pop was a doofus? I […]

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 09:52 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal