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Ever wonder why we cook our food? We do it because it tastes good, of course, and because our customs and traditions are built around it. But we also cook our food for some basic biological reasons, because of evolution. Some scientists think that figuring out how to cook actually MADE us human!
If conversation gets a little dry around your holiday table, now you’ll have some awesome science to share with everyone!
Richard Wrangham – “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human”
“The Raw and the Stolen” (PDF) – Richard Wrangham et al.
(that one has some of the counterarguments, too)
Greg Laden’s summary:
Cooked Foods Needed for Early Human Brain:
Man Entered the Kitchen 1.9 Million Years Ago:
What made us human: and
The story might not be quite so simple, though:
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Intro music – Victor Herbert Orchestra, “Chinese Dance of the Mirillitons from the Nutcracker 1913”
Body music – Podington Bear’s “AlgoRhythmNatural”
Special thanks to Thinkery Austin
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