Remembering Napoleon Chagnon

Napoleon Chagnon
1938 - 2019

Chagnon's extraordinary body of work will long be mined, not just by anthropologists but by psychologists, humanists, litterateurs, scientists of all kinds: mined for . . .  who knows what insights into the deep roots of our humanity? —Richard Dawkins

[ED. NOTE: Renowned anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon was most widely recognized for his study of the Yanomamö tribes in the Amazon. He was a professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri, and the author of Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes—the Yanomamö and the Anthropologists. On June 6, 2013, he was joined by his colleagues Daniel C. Dennett, David Haig, Steven Pinker, and Richard Wrangham in a two-day celebration of his work and career in a special Edge event entitled “Napoleon Chagnon: Blood Is Their Argument,” with an Introduction by Richard Dawkins.]

On Edge:

Napoleon Chagnon: Blood Is Their Argument       
An Edge Special Event [June 6, 2013]


Darkness’s Descent on the American Anthropological Association: A Cautionary Tale by Alice Dreger [Springer - Human Nature, 2011 Feb 16]

A Year of Conversations

[ED NOTE: Everybody’s busy these days. That’s why we have August. So, take the time to check out the EDGE conversations you may have missed that have taken place on these pages over the past 12 months. —JB]

(Conversations): Neil Gershenfeld · Frank Wilczek · Timothy Taylor · Tom Griffiths
Alison Gopnik
 · Robert Axelrod · Barbara Tversky · Caroline Jones · Freeman Dyson
Andy Clark
 · Stephen Wolfram · Daniel Kahneman · Rodney Brooks
Alexander Rose
 · Ian McEwan · David Chalmers & Daniel Dennett · Michele Gelfand
Freeman Dyson
 · Lisa Mosconi · Susan Schneider
Jonathan Rodden
 · George Dyson · Elaine Pagels
Peter Galison
 · Paul Allen/Eddie Currie · Karl Sigmund · J. Doyne Farmer

Summer Reads


[ED NOTE: The late biologist Ernst Mayr once noted that "Edge is a conversation." And the "content" of Edge is the more than 1,000 people who have connected in this way over the last twenty-two years. There is a new set of metaphors to describe ourselves, our minds, the universe, and all of the things we know in it, and it is the intellectuals with these new ideas and images, those scientists and others in the empirical world doing things and writing their own books, who drive our times. We are pleased to present our summer reading edition, consisting of the published books by members of the Edge community in the past year or so. —JB]


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