Mark Pagel

How language transformed humanity

20:10 •
Filmed Jan 2011 at TEDGlobal 2011
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Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.

Mark Pagel
/ Evolutionary biologist

Using biological evolution as a template, Mark Pagel wonders how languages evolve.  Full bio.

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