Mark Pagel

How language transformed humanity

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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.

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Mark Pagel · Evolutionary biologist

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

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