BBQ Begets Bigger Brains
What makes us human? Tool use? Language? Try barbecue.
In the most recent World Science Forum, we brought you Richard Wrangham, author of “Catching Fire,” which argues that apes became human because they learned to cook.
Wrangham is a Harvard anthropologist who’s spent decades studying chimps in Africa. He’s also studied human diet, and he argues that the development of cooking by our ancestors was a key to unlocking human potential.
We spoke to Wrangham on the podcast. Download the interview, or listen here:
Wrangham joined us in the forum. Read what he and others had to say, below.
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Could you survive on raw food? Have you tried?
Wrangham proposes that the invention of cooking led to the repression of women. But is cooking necessarily a female endeavor?
He also argues that humans instinctively like soft food. Does that fit with your experience?Hide