Dr. Pieter Francois is a Lecturer in Digital History at the University of Hertfordshire. His work focuses on travel and migration in the nineteenth century and on the evolution of social complexity, ritual and warfare. Together with Professor Peter Turchin (UConn) and Professor Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford) he founded the Seshat: Global History Databank project in 2011 (https://evolution-institute.org/project/seshat/). In 2013 he won the British Library Labs competition with his Sample Generator for Digitized Texts. He is also the Research Coordinator of the Cultural Evolution Lab at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford.
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Grandmother Fish is a child’s first book of evolution. The book engages a young child’s imagination with sounds and motions that imitate animals, especially our direct ancestors. It’s our story of where we came from, told so simply that a preschooler can follow it.
From an evolutionary viewpoint, Wilson argues, altruism is inextricably linked to the functional organization of groups. “Groups that work” undeniably exist in nature and human society, although special conditions are required for their evolution.