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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Roots of Human Behavior for explaining
how our behavior today is influenced by our primate past.

Roots of Human Behavior
Lectures by Professor Barbara J. King

Roots of Human Behavior (2001)
12 lectures, 6 hours
Roots of Human Behavior at TheGreatCourses.com

While human behavior is usually studied from the historical perspective of a few hundred years, anthropologists consider deeper causes for the ways we act. In this course, anthropologist Barbara J. King uses her wealth of research experience to open a window of understanding for you into the legacy left by our primate past.

By looking for roots of human behavior in the behavior of monkeys, apes, and human ancestors, you explore such questions as:

  • Are language and technology unique to humans?
  • Have human love and loyalty developed from our primate cousins?
  • Do ways in which human males and females relate to each other come from our primate past?
  • Have we inherited a biological tendency for aggression?

Professor Barbara J. King is a biological anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at the The College of William and Mary. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. At William and Mary, Professor King has won four awards including the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award. She received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and has published three books on anthropology, including The Information Continuum: Social Information Transfer in Monkeys, Apes, and Hominids.

12 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: The Four Facets of Anthropology 7: Social Learning and Teaching
2: Social Bonds and Family Ties 8: Culture - What Is It? Who's Got It?
3: The Journey Away from Mom 9: Dynamics of Social Communication
4: Males and Females - Really So Different? 10: Do Great Apes Use Language?
5: Sex and Reproduction 11: Highlights of Human Evolution
6: Tool Making - Of Hammers and Anvils 12: Exploring and Conserving a Legacy


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Roots of Human Behavior
Lectures by Professor Barbara J. King

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Roots of Human Behavior for explaining
how our behavior today is influenced by our primate past.