Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?


Chapman & Huffman (C & H) contend that, as with all biological traits, there is evolutionary continuity underlying cognitive and social traits previously thought to be unique to humans. Yet C & H, like Darwin, appeal to a seemingly unique moral aptitude that enables humans to be kind to conspecific strangers and other species.

Author Biography

Scott Atran is Research Director Emeritus in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research, Research Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Founding Fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at the University of Oxford, and co-founder of ARTIS International. Website