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The Sex Strike Theory Of Human Origins
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 18:45
Professor Chris Knight is best known for his highly original 'sex-strike' theory of human biological and cultural origins. Instead of attempting to explain human nature piecemeal, one theory for each component, Knight's approach is designed to join up the dots. Spectacularly confirmed by recent discoveries in archaeology, this is one of the few successful attempts to put together the big picture, explaining religion, language, sexual morality and the whole range of distinctively human characteristics on the basis of one simple principle.
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This talk examines the biological and cultural impact of menstruation in human evolution. It looks into which species menstruate and why this evolved. What effects would highly visible menstruation have on hominin social systems? Why did menstruation become a critical biological signal and how did this affect the emergence of symbolic culture? The widespread distribution of menstrual taboos and observances indicates their great antiquity in human belief systems. Can we offer any predictions about the various forms these take in different societies?