Niobe Thompson: Anthropologist, filmmaker, human guinea pig

Canada’s answer to David Attenborough believes that to understand the journey of the human race, you must take a walk—or underwater free dive—in its shoes

Lessons in conflict resolution from traditional societies

Eminent American geographer Jared Diamond on what we can learn from small-scale, politically independent societies that existed throughout human history before the rise of states about 5,400 years ago.

A hated professor’s lesson in academic freedom

On the legacy of race researcher Philippe Rushton

Course requires field work with Occupy movement

Protesting prof says she will remain objective


Against specialization

Remember when choice and flexibility were good things?


Wanted: lost languages

K. David Harrison stumbled upon an incredible discovery: a third, hidden language, Koro


How religious practice “brainsoothes” more than any other human activity

Anthropologist Lionel Tiger on faith and sexual behaviour, why religion comforts us, and how churches act as ‘serotonin factories’


The anthropology of Freshmen

Inexplicable behavior and strange lifestyles develop in the land of Freshmen


How to pick the perfect elective

Just because it’s easy doesn’t mean that it’s the one for you

Does this count as summer school?

I never knew that hair could talk


I need a nap

I was sitting in the middle of a chemistry lecture the first time it happened. One moment I was copying notes from the projector, the next I was suddenly staring at my sleeve. It took me a couple of seconds to realize that 15 minutes of class had vanished, and instead of writing notes about electron orbitals, I had been drooling into my armrest.