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Cooking Made Us Human (An addendum to my “Homo Evolutis” post)

September 7, 2009

(This is an addendum to my recent post: “Comments on Juan Enriquez’s TED talk on ‘Homo Evolutis'” which can be read by clicking here)

book_cooking made us humanA good friend of mine just informed me of a great new book “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human” by Richard Wrangham of Harvard University which is in line with the ideas I posted earlier concerning “Homo Evolutis.”  You can read about his work on the Harvard Science website by clicking the link below:

Invention of cooking drove evolution of the human species, new book argues

You can also listen to an interview with Richard Wrangham by NPR’s Tom Ashbrook here:

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  1. September 29, 2009 3:27 pm

    I don’t think that either cooking or the “dawn of civilization” as it is called, made us human. One first has to answer the question as to what we mean by “human.” That is a complex question, not easily answered. The debate has gone on for 20k years. The Dalai Lama speaks of this from his traditional spirituality, also Buddha, also Taoists, then Muslins, and Jews and Christians wondered. I really don’t think there is something identifiably ‘human” but there is a lot of speculators and dreamers who wish we two legged creatures were better than we actually are.
    Socrates defined humans as “featherless bipeds” which is as good as anything.

    The only reason for eating health plant-based diet is not to arrive spiritually(which would be food fundamentalism or reductionism), which is work that has to be done on so many levels, but rather eating plant-based diets is to live long enough to possibly gain some wisdom over the heard knocks of time. The attainment of wisdom requires a lot more work than cooking and eating.

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