Category: The Biology of Culture

A Ditadura Acabada

The timing of the publication of the fifth and final volume of Elio Gaspari’s monumental history of the Brazilian military regime could not be more relevant. It is ironic that his new…

Cacao Biology

Cacao, a tree whose seeds people use to make chocolate, has long been a way for people to understand the world. For pre- Columbian Mesoamericans, cacao linked people to each other, the plants, animals and places around them, and to the divine, the environment seen…

Volunteering for a Cause

What happens when researchers look quite simply for “other ways of telling
the story?” Silvia Marina Arrom asks this question at the beginning of her deeply researched history of the male…

La danza hostil

La danza hostil revisits an age-old question in political science: how is political power constructed (and re-constructed)? Alberto Vergara tackles this question by examining…

Living with Landscapes: The Primacy of Nature

In many places in America, Asia and Europe, your doctor just might pen a “park prescription” urging green space use or send you to a “forest bathing” spa that touts nature’s health benefits…

First Take: The Biology of Culture

This is the idea behind this issue of ReVista, to explore the connections between the arts and sciences through the lens of the biological aspects of human culture. Biological research is…

Expecting the Unexpected

That morning, we decided to work in a radically different way. No more collecting in
the highlands of Chiriquí.
No more collecting in the
tall grasses around lakes where crocodiles…

Indigo in Guatemala

English + Español
The king of dyes and the dye of kings, indigo—that amazing blue dye—is native to Guatemala. Although it is a common belief that the Spanish brought indigo (añil) to the…

Fungi and Forests

Where we live, where we come from and the organisms that surround us shape our culture. What we eat or do not eat often hints at our deepest ancestral roots. The peoples of the…

The Coolness of Cleansing

Cleanliness has long served as a form of religious devotion—to be cleansed, purified and sanctified grants one access to sacred spaces and certain ritual experiences. At times…

The Biology of Consciousness

Substitute the word biology for psychology, and you’d have my consideration of consciousness—my own curiosity in writing about that subject parallels that of James about…

The Best of ReVista Photo Contest

The Best of ReVista is a prize for the best photograph published in ReVista in the previous academic year sponsored by DRCLAS publications and ARTS@DRCLAS…

Agrobiodiversity as Jazz Improvisation

Yellow and purple maize, a multitude of assorted beans, sculptural manioc and a plethora of potatoes are a vivid illustration of the biodiversity of foods in the open-air markets of Latin America. Even in the supermarket…

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