Learning to cook made humanity smarter.
The invention of cooking allowed the body to use fewer resources in eating and digesting food. The digestive tract shrank, and the brain grew. Primates usually spend half the day chewing tough raw food, but we don’t need to, so early humans could spend the time on other things.
Learned at: A Brief History of Humankind (Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Coursera)
Extra credit: Invention of cooking drove evolution of the human species, new book argues (Harvard Gazette, 2009)
Follow the link for a neat looking “history of nearly everything” type online course. Note: I haven’t participated, but I thought it looked interesting. It could be full of crazy, I have no idea.
The above fact is one of my favorites, yay cooking!