Dor Shilton


I am a writer and researcher living in Tel Aviv.

Currently a PhD student at Tel Aviv University, studying the cultural evolution of music, language and social organization. 

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Shilton, D., Passmore, S., & Savage, P. E. (2023). Group singing is globally dominant and associated with social context. Royal Society Open Science.

Shilton, D., Jablonka, E. (2022) Rituals, Music, and the Landscape Metaphor. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

Shilton, D. (2022). Sweet Participation: The Evolution of Music as an Interactive Technology. Music & Science.

Shilton, D., Breski, M., Dor, D., & Jablonka, E. (2020). Human Social Evolution: Self-Domestication or Self-Control? Frontiers in Psychology. 

Shilton, D. (2019). Is Language Necessary for the Social Transmission of Lithic Technology? Journal of Language Evolution.


Jouma. Lunch Ticket, Summer/Fall 2020


David Graeber (Haaretz, 2020)

Reflecting on the Life of the Late Anthropologist and Anarchist

Democracy in Rojava (Haaretz, 2019)

In the Heart of Syria's Darkness, a Democratic, Egalitarian and Feminist Society Emerges 

(English Version)

Martin Amis (Haaretz, 2019)

A Conversation on Writing, Innocence, and Literary Decorum 

(English Version)

Lomax at the Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, early 1940

Music & Social Stucture (Alaxon, 2018)

From BaYaka Massana to the European Concert Hall: How Music Mirrors Culture

Accompanying Think & Drink podcast