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Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Primate Diaries

  The Primate Diaries 
Notes on science, politics, and history from a primate in the human zoo.

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Eric Michael Johnson has a Master's degree in Evolutionary Anthropology focusing on great ape behavioral ecology. He is currently a doctoral student in the history of science at University of British Columbia looking at the interplay between evolutionary biology and politics.

Helen’s Choice: Female Multiple Mating in the Natural World

By Eric Michael Johnson | December 10th, 2013

“Helen would never have yielded herself to a man from a foreign country, if she had known that the sons of Achaeans would come after her and bring her back. Heaven put it in her heart to do wrong, and she gave no thought to that sin, which has been the source of all our [...]

 Human Nature and the Moral Economy

By Eric Michael Johnson | September 23rd, 2013

Economics is inextricably tied to moral behavior, though few economists will say that. It’s time someone did. In every financial transaction–whether you’re selling a car, paying employees, or repackaging commodity futures as financial derivatives–there are ethical calculations that influence economic activity beyond the price. Sure, you can cheat a potential buyer and not mention that [...]

 We Contain Multitudes: Walt Whitman, Charles Darwin, and the Song of Empathy
 By Eric Michael Johnson | July 19th, 2013

In the struggle for existence how do we herald the better angels of our nature? Author’s Note: On Tuesday I will be traveling to Manchester, England for the International Conference for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine where I’ll be giving my talk entitled “A Historical Epistemology of Empathy from Darwin to De Waal.” [...]

Truth of the Matter

 By Eric Michael Johnson | July 12th, 2013 |

Science is not a path towards truth; therein lies its greatest strength. In his latest book, The Bonobo and the Atheist, primatologist Frans de Waal describes a forum held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he spoke alongside the Dalai Lama. De Waal reflected on the great interest that Tibet’s spiritual leader had in [...]

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Equality and Individuality: A Collaboration Between Primates

By Eric Michael Johnson | May 9th, 2013 |

Longtime readers of The Primate Diaries will certainly know the artwork of Nathaniel Gold. Ever since we encountered one another’s work in the spring of 2011 we have been collaborating on a fusion of art and science. But now Nathaniel has taken part in a collaboration that goes beyond species boundaries. By working with sanctuary [...]

The Mosaic of Human Origins

 By Eric Michael Johnson | April 17th, 2013 

New research challenges the story of human evolution, revealing a more complex picture than anyone imagined. Studying the bones of our ancestors does more than connect past with present. When Hamlet held aloft the skull of poor Yorick or when the Boston Puritan Thomas Smith sat for America’s first self-portrait posed with two crania, they [...]


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