Marylène Patou-Mathis

Interview with Marylène Patou-Mathis

In her latest book, L'homme préhistorique est aussi une femme, the prehistorian Marylène Patou-Mathis delved right into the clichés and stereotypes about prehistoric women.

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The science of transhumanism

Scientific advances have, for the first time, presented plausible genetic interventions for the directed evolution of humans.

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Issue 111

Transhumanism is the focus of the new issue of Mètode

What will future humans look like? The monograph reflects on the science that will allow us to pose new challenges in our evolution.

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The evolution of storytellers

Oral storytelling may have had evolutionary benefits at both the individual and group levels, and may have conferred evolutionary advantages.

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A picture of Lamarck

In Lamarck's revolutionary work, only his failed attempt to elaborate a coherent theory of the evolutionary process has remained in popular teaching.

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Struck the air

For there to be sound, there must be a vibrating source, a transmitting medium that propagates the vibration at a certain speed, and a receiver that is set into vibration when the wave arrives.

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We are a ‘trencadís’

We have all inherited DNA sequences from forgotten ancient ancestors

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octopus intelligence carazo

The weight of intelligence

Understanding what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom is an old obsession of ours. The most frequent attribute we rely on to justify our supposed superiority is intelligence. Yet, how are we to compare the intelligence of species as different as humans, octopi or dolphins?

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footprint

A simple footprint

What kind of sign is a rhinoceros footprint? It is an index, an iconic representation, and can become a symbolic image. A whole world condensed into a single footprint.

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Humans 2.0

Can humans control the future evolution of our species? Based on current knowledge in genetics, one can infer and extrapolate what may happen in the near future. After all, if we are to predict the future, we must first understand the foundations of our present.

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