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Embracing Our Better Angels: Endorsing BDS and the History of the AAA

In our previous posts, we made the argument that the American Anthropological Association (AAA) ought to endorse the united Palestinian call to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel for its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories and systematic legal discrimination. Over the past few weeks, we have unfortunately received more horrifying reminders of why this sort […]

The year of the freedom technologist

[This is an invited post by John Postill. John is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, in Melbourne. He is currently writing a book titled Hacker, Lawyer, Journalist, Spy: Freedom Technologists and Political Change in an Age of Protest. He blogs at media/anthropology.] Two and a half years ago, TIME magazine declared 2011 […]

The evolving oil & gas landscape in West Africa

This paper considers the bi-regional relations between Europe and West  Africa in the field of energy. As its point of departure, the paper begins by  acknowledging the ferocity with which today’s energy landscape is changing.  As important producers and consumers within this landscape, Europe and West  Africa are subject to change, both intra- and inter-regionally. […]

Getting a Job in the Academy: Some Thoughts From the Other Side

This post isn’t just another lament about the sorry state of the job situation in the academy. The US is undoubtedly undergoing a crisis on that front, accentuated by the huge increase in the numbers of people completing  PhDs  in liberal arts subjects and the scale of student debt. The effects of this crisis spill […]

Generalist Genes influence both reading and math ability

Nature Communications 5, Article number: 4204 doi:10.1038/ncomms5204 The correlation between reading and mathematics ability at age twelve has a substantial genetic component Oliver S. P. Davis Dissecting how genetic and environmental influences impact on learning is helpful for maximizing numeracy and literacy. Show More Summary

Neandertal-like temporal labyrinth of Xujiayao 15

From the press release:While it's tempting to use the finding of a Neandertal-shaped labyrinth in an otherwise distinctly "non-Neandertal" sample as evidence of population contact (gene flow) between central and western Eurasian Neandertals...Show More Summary

Hobby Lobby: A Win for Ethnophysiology

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby; they are free to deny the insurance coverage of certain contraceptives for their employees. Blogs have written about how this is a loss for women’s rights and a victory for women’s rights, a win for religious freedom and a loss for the religious, a win […]

Around the Web Digest: Week of June 29

I survived Georgia, and it appears that it’s been another slow week on the anthroblogosphere. Here’s what I’ve managed to put together for your reading pleasure. If you have an article you’d like me to review for next week, shoot me an email at richard.powis@gmail.com or on Twitter @dtpowis. Away we go!  Stories by anthropologists: […]

Digging the Occupation: The Politics of Boycotts and Archeology in Israel (BDS pt. 3)

Recently, the television network NBC started filming Dig, a new archeology drama set in Jerusalem. Normally, we’d be ecstatic to see our fellow archaeologists getting such media fanfare. But there is nothing normal about this venture. Filmed on-site in illegally annexed East Jerusalem, the show is underwritten by 6.5 million dollar grant from the Israeli […]

Researchers Create Glossary Of Gestures Used By Wild Chimpanzees

For the first time, scientists from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have decoded the meaning behind the various gestures that chimpanzees use to communicate with one another, observing more than 80 wild Ugandan primates inShow More Summary

The origins of guilt: Darwin and Freud

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Game of Thrones and Anthropology

Sometimes people worry that anthropology’s central preoccupations won’t resonate with the wider public. But just one look at Game of Thrones proves that’s not true. Now personally, I gave up watching Game of Thrones because I couldn’t take the spectacular amounts of sexual violence and just plain violence. But I recognize that’s just me — the show […]

Why Do Young Earth Creationists Only Know Of Lucy?

Adam Benton from EvoAnth has published an interesting paper where he tries to understand why Young Earth Creationists are consistently … Continue reading ?

Altitude adaptation in Tibetans came from Denisovans

This is somewhat strange given that Denisova cave is not at high altitude. Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13408 Altitude adaptation in Tibetans caused by introgression of Denisovan-like DNA Emilia Huerta-Sánchez et al. As modern humans...Show More Summary

Classified information

I had a delightful day at work yesterday. It started with a two hour long debate with my colleagues about method and theory. Once we exhausted the possibilities we put our ideas into practice. After I made my contribution a senior scholar reviewed my work and directed me to make some changes, the end result […]

Writing Badly, Speaking Better. Practical Books for Doing the Life of the Mind

Rex’s post on back to school books got me thinking. `Doing the life of the mind’, as he puts it, involves lots of different activities. Its not just reading and writing. Talking is a big part of what we do.  And to different audiences, or not, as the case may be. Much of the […]

Around the Web Digest: Week of June 22

I’m currently participating and observing a family on vacation just outside of Macon, Georgia. I even gambled on last night’s NASCAR race (and won). Anyway, I was able to sneak away to provide this Digest of articles from the past week that I think you should read. If you have or write a blog or […]

How universal is empathy?

Bronislaw Malinowski with natives on the Trobriand Islands (1918 - source). Pro-social behavior seems to be a human universal, but is the same true for full empathy? What is empathy? It has at least three components: - pro-social behavior,...Show More Summary

Chimpanzees Observed Making A Fashion Statement -- Sticking Blades Of Grass In Their Ears

“Our observation is quite unique in the sense that nothing seems to be communicated by it,” says study author Edwin van Leeuwen, a primate expert at the Max Planck Institute in The Netherlands.To figure out if this was really a tradition,...Show More Summary

Books for (re)starting school I: Your recommendations?

It may feel like summer to academics in the northern hemisphere, but the start of the school year is right around the corner. For some people, this will mean the beginning of an exciting new career in college or graduate school — for a lucky few it will mean the start of a career in […]

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