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Late Pleistocene Demography and the Appearance of Modern Human Behavior -- Powell et al. 324 (5932): 1298 -- Science
The origins of modern human behavior are marked by increased symbolic and technological complexity in the archaeological record. In western Eurasia this transition, the Upper Paleolithic, occurred about 45,000 years ago, but many of its features appear transiently in southern Africa about 45,000 years earlier. We show that demography is a major determinant in the maintenance of cultural complexity and that variation in regional subpopulation density and/or migratory activity results in spatial structuring of cultural skill accumulation. Genetic estimates of regional population size over time show that densities in early Upper Paleolithic Europe were similar to those in sub-Saharan Africa when modern behavior first appeared. Demographic factors can thus explain geographic variation in the timing of the first appearance of modern behavior without invoking increased cognitive capacity.
anthropology  archaeology  human-activity  cultural-development  history  culture  behavior  human  demography  networks  pleistocene  ancient 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Population Density : The Frontal Cortex
What led to the birth of human civilization? - 1. biological change in brains or 2. a change in population density and interconnectedness.
anthropology  archaeology  human-activity  biology  networks  connection  population  density  ancient  civilization  art  cultural-development 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Human Meaning of Property | Front Porch Republic
Speculates on the human need for property in making the self, references Simone Weil, Richad M. Weaver
property  philosophy  meaning  metaphor  ethics  human-activity  rights  rhetoric  self-definition 
march 2009 by tsuomela
On the Human
On the Human (OTH) is a community of university professors who teach courses on humans and their relations to animals and machines. We are fascinated by human singularity: the properties, if any, that distinguish persons from other biological creatures and artificial intelligences. We are also interested at OTH in the ethical implications of these properties.
philosophy  human  human-activity  animals  biology  psychology  academic 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Access : Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race : Nature News
Researchers have come up with a new use for the ubiquitous mobile phone: tracking human movements. By monitoring the signals from 100,000 mobile-phone users sending and receiving calls and text messages, a team from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass
map  human-activity  networks  mobile-phone  privacy 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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