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Summer Writing: Practice Community

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Lindsay Bell In the middle of the teaching term, summer is the far away season where you imagine that all of your academic, and possibly creative, writing projects will get off the ground. It is an oasis over the desert horizon. Show More Summary

First Peoples: Asia, and Australia

First Peoples continues tonight on PBS, with two episodes that focus on the dispersal of modern humans into Asia and Australia. The Asia episode includes archaeological work at Tam Pa Ling, Laos, and goes to the Arabian peninsula with Jeff Rose to track the earliest archaeological evidence of African contacts there. Show More Summary

Are Long-term Job Prospects Better for Philosophers than for Engineers?

The machines may not destroy us, but it’s quite probable that they will render our labor obsolete, and without the creation of massive new fields of employment. Of course we will need engineers and software experts in the near future. But you know what we will need even more? Philosophers, historians, artists, economists, and political scientists.

30 Monkeys break free in great escape from research facility in Puerto Rico

Authorities say more than two dozen monkeys have been set free in Puerto Rico after someone broke a lock on their enclosures at a primate research facility.Police say the roughly 30 rhesus macaques were freed early Sunday from the Caribbean...Show More Summary

Women going ape over 'handsome gorilla'

A brooding expression, rippling muscles, a lingering gaze... and, er, a habit of beating his chest.Shabani may be a little hairier than your average pin-up - and at 177 kgs, he's certainly a little heavier - but none of that has deterred...Show More Summary

Around the Web Digest: Week of June 28

It’s been a rollercoaster week in US politics! Hope that, no matter where you are in the world, something in the news made you happy this week. Send me any blog links at According to this post on Media/Anthropology,...Show More Summary

Young, male, and single

The Babylonian Marriage Market, by Edwin Long (1829-1891). There are too many young men on the mate market, particularly in the White American community. It sucks being young, male, and single. Don't think so? Go to the Interactive Singles Map of the United States and see how it looks for the 20 to 39 age group. Show More Summary

Kennedy and the Triumph of the Social

While everyone should be celebrating the monumental decision of the Supreme Court to recognize same-sex marriages, there is also something in there that, along with this weeks’ ruling on the Fair Housing Act in Texas, should also warm the hearts of social scientists. Show More Summary

Senses of Connection

I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world —Mary Oliver It is a knot, an ache, this longing to be present in Nepal right now. Even so, virtual presence fosters awareness. The Internet has become a strange … Continue reading Senses of Connection ?

Committing Crimes during Fieldwork: Ethics, Ethnography, and “On The Run”

At this point the debate about Alice Goffman’s book On The Run looks something like this: Goffman writes a successful ethnography. Journalists are peeved that Goffman followed social science protocols and not journalistic ones. Journalist verify that Goffman’s book is accurate. Show More Summary

Welcome new blogger Uzma Rizvi!

Savage Minds has long been looking for an archaeologist whose writing would mesh well with our own (predominantly cultural anthropological) sensibility, and so when Uzma Rizvi guest blogged for us last August we knew we had found exactly what we had been looking for. We quickly asked her to consider joining the blog as a … Continue reading Welcome new blogger Uzma Rizvi! ?

Oase1 had a Neandertal ancestor no earlier than ~200 years before his time

Several important conclusions of the discovery that Oase1 had a Neandertal ancestor 4-6 generations before his time (37-42 thousand years ago): This is a smoking gun that modern humans interbred with Neandertals, following up on theShow More Summary

“Slow” Medicine in Fast Times

Only those who regard healing as the ultimate goal of their efforts can, therefore, be designated as physicians. —Rudolf Virchow When Gyatso called to give me the list of medicines I was in the library, writing another one of these blogposts. I answered his call, speaking as quietly as I could in Tibetan but hoping … Continue reading “Slow” Medicine in Fast Times ?

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