Anthropology / Everything Human


In the oasis of his studio, Constantin Brâncuși revolutionized sculpture by drawing out the “being that is within matter”—the cosmic essence or spirit that exists underneath the surface.


Wisdom Without a Country

An encounter with a famous sculpture by Constantin Brâncuși raises questions about family, nationalism, and belonging; the role and refuge of art; and whether a country can ever recover from authoritarianism.




Human Nature

Is Violence Embedded in Our DNA?

Some research suggests that throughout our evolution an innate tendency toward fighting shaped human anatomy. But anthropologists are sharply divided on the matter.

Would You Like to Be a Columnist for SAPIENS?

If you have compelling ideas from the world of anthropology to share with the general public, we want to hear from you.