Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). Much of his research has concerned the dynamics of culture and identity in complex societies, but he is now directing a comparative project on accelerated global change called “Overheating: An anthropological history of the early 21st century”. His latest book is “Overheating: An anthropology of accelerated change” (2016).
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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.