Visual psychological phenomenon may have stimulated early humans to make cave art
Specifically, the idea is
that cave artists may have experienced #pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon where people see meaningful forms in random patterns, such as seeing faces in clouds. #science #anthropology #humans #CaveArt
One more posthumous book by #DavidGraeber. Is he the Tupak of nonfiction?
"As questions of decolonisation rub up against the legacy of Enlightenment thinking in the West, anthropologist David Graeber argues in his posthumous book Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia (to be published early next year) that Enlightenment ideas themselves are not intrinsically European and were indeed shaped by non-European sources."
Can Pollen Analysis Solve The Ice Age Mystery How And When Homo Sapiens Migrated Across Europe And Asia? - Ancient Pages
“White said there should be no taxpayer funding for “useless degrees” in “garbage fields” like #UrbanStudies, #Anthropology, #Sociology, German #Literature, #AfricanAmericanStudies, #GenderStudies and #WomensStudies.”
#Mississippi State Auditor and #BananaRepublican #ShadWhite ‘shad himself’ when he said #Anthropology and #Sociology are among the many #woke “garbage degrees” that should be defunded in the state that is perpetually ‘burning’ 🔥 from SOCIAL upheaval resulting from centuries old bigotry and disinformation. 👉 https://apnews.com/article/mississippi-college-majors-funding-cuts-aad5a0d5c7ab013d6c5489fd41e4dc54
We all watch a short film version of *Car Wars* by @pluralistic and then the class examines the plot from three different critical perspectives.
Students are working together as teams in Google Docs within the same classroom, F2F discussion, shared workspace.
Whole class shares and debriefs toward end of session.
Feel free to reuse CC-BY.
Life Sentence for Professor Rahile Dawut Confirmed: According to a source in the Chinese government, Professor Rahile Dawut (راھىلە داۋۇت, 热依拉 · 达吾提), an acclaimed Uyghur intellectual and expert on Uyghur folklore and traditions, is serving a life sentence for endangering state security.
The Dui Hua Foundation (Dui Hua) had previously been told by a Chinese official that Professor Rahile Dawut was tried in December 2018, one year after her detention, for the crime of “splittism” — a crime of endangering state security — by an intermediate people’s court in Xinjiang. She was convicted and appealed the sentence. The most recent information confirmed that her appeal was subsequently rejected by the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region High People’s Court.
Professor Rahile Dawut’s sentence comes with the supplemental sentence of deprivation of political rights for life.
Study suggests the ritual use of human remains dating from the #Neolithic
The University of Cordoba has participated in an international study documenting post-mortem bone modifications not linked to consumption (phew)
#OpenData for 209 descriptions of hominins in historic and current scientific literature. Contains type espécimen details and references.
Ref and details: Reed, D, et al., 2022. Hominin nomenclature and the importance of information systems for managing complexity in paleoanthropology. Journal of Human Evolution. 175, 103308.
The native American Indian earthworks were completely ignored by many for far too long...
Is it possible to identify #Tobacco use from human remains?
Our colleague #SheridanStrang is currently investigating this question with five tooth samples from the #Napoleonic #battlefield of #DeutschWagram
The project is funded by the British Association for Biological #Anthropology and #Osteoarchaeology and takes place in cooperation with the #viennabiocenter of the @univienna and the research group #TobaccoAndHealth of the #UniversityOfLeicester
"The Neanderthals, in other words, walked erect, hunted big game and knew how to control fire: hardly the knuckle-draggers of stereotype"
Nikil Krishnan examines the research on and attitudes to the Neanderthals. Great long read.
Imagine living in a village of 900 people with far too many Le Pen supporters, concrete heads and non-culture - and thanks to computers, the world of #knowledge and #thinking is suddenly open to you. Even after the pandemic. I'm already fidgeting with excitement because tomorrow I have the pleasure to see this #talk of @RadicalAnthro at the UCL in London, while sitting in the middle of French nowhere: https://mastodon.online/@RadicalAnthro@c.im/111052089329017014 Tip: Follow them! #university #anthropology #perspectives #human
Also, crossover events between Y chromosome & X resulting in novel recombinations are a fucking thing, as are Barr Bodies & deactivation of chromosomes.
Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) Expertly describes [Complex Systems] & the unpredictability of emergent complexity in systems.
How these genetic variables & hormone products interplay w/brain development, self identity, processing of cultural norms, is an example of a highly variable outcome.
‘The Indians’: Historians tell the many histories of India with humanness and scholarly objectivity
The expansive compendium of short essays on India by subject-matter experts, whose perspectives are suited to those who like history without a side of rhetoric.
🇮🇹 Cosimo Posth et al., The origin and legacy of the Etruscans through a 2000-year archeogenomic time transect. Sci. Adv.7, eabi7673 (2021). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abi7673 #OpenAccess #OA #Research #Article #Science #STEM #Etruscans #Italy #Europe #Archaeogenetics #Biology #History #Anthropology #Archaeology #Archaeodons #Academia #Academic #Academics @science @archaeodons @anthropology
🇪🇸 Villalba-Mouco, V., Oliart, C., Rihuete-Herrada, C. et al. Kinship practices in the early state El Argar society from Bronze Age Iberia. Sci Rep 12, 22415 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-25975-9 #OpenAccess #OA #Article #Science #Anthropology #Archaeology #Archaeodons #Biology #Genetics #Iberia #Spain #Europe
#Archaeogenetics #Academia #Academic #Academics @science @archaeodons @anthropology
Review: The Dawn of Everything
The Dawn of Everything is a book of anthropology and archaeology which suggests a vision of the prehistory of humanity that is very different from previous evolutionary texts.
#Anthropology #BookReview #DavidGraeber #DavidWengrow
CBI Image of the Day:
From CBI's current exhibit by Amanda Wick and Darren Terpstra. "How IT Started, How IT is Going"
Atari interface and Atari 1050 disk drive with joystick, Pong game, etc. 1979-1982.
Next was an engaging discussion with Penny Spikins on the evolution of empathy in humans and beyond at the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. I particularly liked the portion on the archaeological evidence for empathy going back over 1 million years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY227muHW_s (6/9) #anthropology #archaeology
All we see/hear/touch/taste/smell/contemplate/author/image/draw/paint/discuss/discern/investigate/probe/examine/love/hate/create/destroy/imagine/dream up/speak to/comment on/rely upon/dismiss/embrace/trust/decline/affirm/avow/rebuke/destroy-is a human construct. Everything. #Human #Humanity #Cosmology #Philosophy #Anthropology #Zooarchaeology #Sociology #Psychology #Senses
The Ugly Tax: "That pattern also occurs in married couples: Attractive, well-educated, high-earning people tend to marry people like themselves. In fact, economists say that this growing trend of “assortative mating” is a major cause of income inequality, because a household with two high earners makes so much more money than a household with two low earners (or only one earner)."
#relationships #marriage #divorce #sociology #anthropology #mating #selection #psychology
【 Our entire civilisation has been built on the premise of expansion until self-destruction. Changing this requires not a “shift”, but a revolution of civilisational proportions
#amwriting #overshoot #anthropology #necrocapitalism 】
"Now, nearly 30 years after the killings, she is determined to identify the last of the dead--a task that seems all the more pertinent amid increasing Serb denial about what really happened."
'1K Families Waiting for Our Phone Call': Lone Anthropologist Still Working Last of Srebrenica Genocide
Unearth the #Cairo Toe! 🦶 Dating back to 950-710 BCE, this wooden prosthetic toe from ancient #Egypt, now in the British Museum, reflects remarkable innovation. More than art, it's functional, enhancing mobility. A testament to resilience through the ages.
#prosthetics #prosthesis #culturalheritage #archaeology #anthropology #bonehealth #biomaterials #ancientegypt #surgery #forensicscience #forensics #historyunveiled #innovation #sciart #qualityoflife #britishmuseum #history #engineering
This house, the Karacha, is occupied only once a year to store and grind corn, for the great Kuhe (corn bun) festival. Only those who are going to grind the corn can enter and the presence of the chief is especially repelled in it. Wealth must not be manipulated and managed by an idle individual. It belongs to the festival, for the collective joy.
"Where Walter Benjamin claims that, since history is written by the victors, every document of civilisation is a document of barbarism, Graeber and Wengrow seek to re-write certain foundational documents. However, while Benjamin writes against the grain in the name of the oppressed, the proletariat, Graeber and Wengrow appear to do so in the name of ‘freedom’."
Always fun to see someone puncture the unwarranted hype around Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey, but this one is extra-detailed. Every time I expected the author to wrap up and say, "Okay, I think I've ripped it apart enough", they simply pivoted to an entire new *category* of things to destroy. Simply outstanding. (h/t @JulietEMcKenna via @marthawells)
CBI Image of the Day:
Nancy Gradwell, left, and Bradley Johnson, 8th graders at Philadelphia's Wagner Jr High, listen intently as Mrs, Phyllis Eggleston,
mathematics teacher, explains how to use an IBM 1050 terminal to help solve homework problems, 1966.
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#acoustics #aeronautics #agriculture #anthropology #archaeology #astronomy #biochemistry #biology #botany #computerscience #engineering #exobiology #foodscience #forestry #geology #materialscience #math #mathematics #mechanics #medicine #neurology #oceanography #paleontology #physics #psychology #robotics #tectonics #zoology
Our ancestors may have come close to extinction 900,000 years ago
A genetic analysis suggests our ancestral population fell as low as around 1300 individuals nearly a million years ago, but other experts aren't convinced
The population of our ancestors may have plummeted to as low as 1300 around 900,000 years ago, possibly as a result of our ancestral species splitting from other early humans.
Well, firstly you mind your own business. If it’s not your culture, it’s not your business. If someone asks for your assistance, and if you agree to provide it, you ask exactly what you’re being asked to do. Then, when your services are no longer required, you stop, and you don’t brag about it. Most importantly, you don’t use somebody else’s struggle for cultural equality to platform your own career. #anthropology #CulturalAnthropology
The Age of the Museum is over - UnHerd
An entire issue of The Asia Pacific Journal of #Anthropology devoted to “potent places and #animism in Southeast #Asia“! This is excellent. https://www.informahealthcare.com/doi/full/10.1080/14442213.2017.1401324
I watched a documentary last night (yep, I'm one of *those* people)
Unknown: The Cave of Bones streaming on Netflix.
Extremely interesting subject (discovery of the new species Homo Naledi in South Africa)
Loved the information they provided but was kind of annoyed with some of speculation. I was expecting the scientists to be a little more conservative in their conjecture. (Maybe I'm just being an under-educated coot.)
If you like reading about prehistory and want some recent recommendations for this genre, here’s a short thread about two books on the subject that I recently enjoyed.
Next was an incredible group of talks on Europeans and war in 18th century #Africa at #CRASSH - Allegra Ayida on reading African agency in French trader memoirs, Christopher Brown on war&trade on the West African coast, Rafaël Thiébaut on intermediaries in the slave trade to Madagascar, Lindsay O'Neill on the journey of 2 Maputo princes, Paul Grant on the Akan moral imagination, and Kenosi Molato on the scramble for the Okovango Delta. Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAgh8KiinbU (6/7) #anthropology
Asking #DigitalHumanities scholars or social scientists working w/ the internet...
I've been a #solarpunk for a while now, but how would I do research on the community itself? I want a "vibe check" on what people are talking about, the sorts of arguments we tend to have, what texts/theories/people we canonize. I follow a lot of folks, but that's a mix of my interests+auto recommendations. Any way to get a view driven by my research questions, not The Algorithm?
My latest for CNN: New analysis of skulls dating to 1,300+ years ago in ancient Japan hint at cranial modification practices in the Hirota people.
Skulls of men and women alike were flattened & squared off in the back, & may have been reshaped during infancy to demonstrate group identity.
Hirota burials were richly decorated with shells that came from thousands of miles to the south, likely acquired through trade.
Another striking similarity is between what I was writing about regarding the butterfly story in the Zhuangzi and this passage from "Beyond Nature and Culture" by anthropologist Philippe Descola:
*** We are hiring! ***
We are looking for a professorial researcher to lead "Health, Migration, Climate Change: Human Stories in Complex Systems" - a project inspired by #ClimateDiary and which I am very keen to build up together with whoever gets this post.
Please share widely and feel free to contact me with any questions
With less than seven weeks to go until QED 2023, we are delighted to add two more speakers to our main-stage lineup: human behaviour specialist Dr Kirsty Sedgman, and forensic anthropologist and decomposition expert Professor Anna Williams.
Ethnic Constructs in Antiquity: The Role of Power and Tradition. (2009). Germany: Amsterdam University Press. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/_/fM_cmuhmSbIC #Ethnicity #History #Ancient #Anthropology #Archaeology #Ethnology #Histodon #Histodons #Book #Books #Ebook #Ebooks #Bookstodon #Antiquidons @bookstodon @histodon @histodons @anthropology @archaeodons @antiquidons (28)
In “The Giving Environment: Another Perspective on the Economic System of Gatherer-Hunters,” the #anthropologist Nurit Bird-David described an interesting social institution among the Nayaka, a forager society in southern India. Bird-David calls this “demand sharing.”
“Nayaka give to each other, request from each other, expect to get what they ask for, and feel obliged to give what they are asked for. They do not give resources to each other in a calculated, foresighted fashion, with a view to receiving something in return, nor do they make claims for debts.”
Giordanetti, P., Pozzo, R. & Sgarbi, M. (2012). Kant's Philosophy of the Unconscious. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110265408 #OpenAccess #OA #Philosophy #C18th #18thCentury #C19th #19thCentury #Aesthetics #Epistemology #HIstory #HIstodon #Histodons #Anthropology #Book #Books #Ebook #Ebooks #Academia #Academic #Academics @philosophy @histodon @histodons
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It is publication day for the paperback edition of my book.
Ponies at the Edge of the World tells the story of Shetland ponies and the people who love them. Based on my PhD research, and journey to live in Shetland, it reflects on how our relationship with others, human, animal and landscape, affect how we feel at home in a place.
#Shetland #Shetlandpony #book #naturewriting #anthropology #horses
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We need to devote as much attention to these aspects of contemporary technology giants as we do to their monopolistic and surveillance practices.
An #anthropology of contemporary capitalism must address these kinds of daydreams and delusions. They don't only cloud the minds of isolated billionaires. They shape real institutions in ways unpredictable by studying markets and profit alone.
Those of us trying to understand capitalism in the age of #billionaires need to pay attention to what besides profit itself is inspiring accumulation and shaping investments.
Fantasies and imagined futures are shaping billion-dollar flows of money.
I'm excited to say I'll be presenting at the American Folklore Society conference (Portland) and also the American Anthropological Association conference (Toronto) this November. Learn more and register to attend! https://elisabethcarolharveymccumber.com/speaking/
Indo-European dialects dispersed across Eurasia in successive waves over the course of 8,000 years.
Word origins and ancient DNA reveal the evolutionary path traveled by the languages spoken by half the world.
@Loukas I am not really qualified to answer this as I am not a political scientist (I am in fact writing a paper right now about what my own discipline, #Anthropology, can and should do, this is why I am thinking about different social sciences). Yes, there are political scientists working on the threat of fascism, as there are, of course, ones working on #climateemergency. But i don't think the discipline as a whole has stepped up, collectively - no discipline has. We all need to do this