Michael Gilding

Michael Gilding

Michael Gilding is Pro-Vice-Chancellor in the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology. He was trained as a sociologist.

Michael Gilding reviews 'Mothers and Others: The evolutionary origins of mutual understanding' by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

February 2010, no. 318 01 February 2010
Michael Gilding reviews 'Mothers and Others: The evolutionary origins of mutual understanding' by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
At the outset of Mothers and Others, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy poses a thought experiment. Each year 1.6 billion passengers fly around the world. We do so with remarkable ease. Just imagine, Hrdy asks, if our fellow human passengers suddenly morphed into another species of ape. We would be lucky to disembark with all ten fingers and toes still attached, or with any babies on board still alive. Bloody app ... (read more)