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Mark Pagel:
How language transformed humanity

TEDGlobal 2011 · 20:10 · Filmed Jul 2011
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Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity
20:10 · Filmed July 2011 at TEDGlobal 2011 · Subtitles available in 42 languages

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.

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