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Mainstream: Usually a Hint That What Follows is to be Read Skeptically

Whenever you hear or read the word “mainstream,” especially right before a branch of science, it would be wise to take in the remainder of what is said with some skepticism. Pseudoscience proponents make liberal use of this adjective...Show More Summary

Humanitarian Ownership

Hillary Clinton: Dibs on Women, Children, and Dead People Listening to Hillary Clinton debate Bernie Sanders on April 14, 2016, convinced me of one thing: she owns women, children, and dead people. The first time Hillary Clinton mentioned...Show More Summary

Encircling Empire: Report #27 — Donald Trump’s “America First” Foreign Policy

This and previous issues have been archived on a dedicated site—please see: ENCIRCLING EMPIRE. For frequent updates, please “like” our Facebook page and/or follow on Twitter. There are four parts to this report: Notes on Donald...Show More Summary

Half-Heads: A Dominant Force in US Politics

“Half-head”: this signifies a way of approaching problems that involves efficient thinking, where efficiency comes from an intensely selective focus. A half-headed approach could be a combination of unspoken or unconscious interests,...Show More Summary

Canadian Anthropology and Cultural Imperialism: Criticisms

Is there a Canadian anthropology or is it just anthropology in Canada? If it is “anthropology in Canada,” then from where has it been imported? If what we are doing is primarily US anthropology, then what are we importing when we do US anthropology in Canada? How do we do US anthropology in Canada? Does… Read More Canadian Anthropology and Cultural Imperialism: Criticisms

Review of a Film by Michael Moore: “Where to Invade Next” (2016)

Having seen almost all of Michael Moore’s films to date, I have no difficulty in applauding “Where to Invade Next” as his best film yet. I may have many disagreements with Moore, on his allegiance to the Democratic Party, his past...Show More Summary

The Ultimate Proletarian and the Neoliberal Condition

“Proletarian” has acquired many layers of meaning over the centuries, possibly in part because the many, historically changing situations of proletarians became more complex. Since the advent of western European capitalism in the sixteenth century, proletarians were defined as “members of the lowest class”. Show More Summary

Modern Males Lack Neanderthal Y Chromosome Genes

Modern humans carry up to 4% Neanderthal DNA but a new paper reveals that the Neanderthal Y chromosome is distinct … Continue reading ?...

The World Changed Overnight

The European Union is now to be written as a postscript. Thanks to British voters, who were given an extremely rare chance to have a say on one of the biggest issues affecting their lives, who were allowed a rare vote on the fate of globalization and neoliberal practice, we are treated to the celebration… Read More The World Changed Overnight

What is Pseudoarchaeology? Part 2: Out of Place Assumptions

Pseudoarchaeological claims are also marked by frequent mention of “out-of-place-artifacts” often called “ooparts” for short. The notion by those that see fantastic explanations for these out-of-place-artifacts is that because the “X” artifact is found in “Y” context, “XX” culture must have put it there at “Z” time. Show More Summary

What is pseudoarchaeology? Part 1: Probably Wrong to Fantastically Charged

There are many who make a pretense of doing science, using scientific-sounding jargon and misplaced or misapplied scientific principles. In so doing, these people often begin with conclusions then fit data (or make it up) into explanations for these conclusions. Show More Summary

Neanderthal, The Interior Cave Decorator

A pile of hundreds of broken stalagmite pieces found deep inside Bruniquel cave, France were made by humans from about … Continue reading ?...

The New Victorianism

“A man…lives not only in the spot which he personally occupies, but in every spot to which he may extend his action, or to which he may conceive it possible that his action should be extended. And so, wherever over the world British influence penetrates, or can conceive itself penetrating, there, and not in the… Read More The New Victorianism

“A Story Of Us” Podcast

Frances Sutton, a graduate student, from the Anthropology Department at OSU, emailed me today to let me know of an … Continue reading ?...

The New Victorianism, Imperialism, and Identity Politics

Victorian Parallels in the New Imperialism “The New Imperialism” is not a very efficient conceptual phrase since it requires a lot of labour to clarify what one means each time one invokes it. For me, one of the noteworthy features...Show More Summary

More Evidence To Support Neanderthals As Cannibals

Neanderthal remains from Troisième Caverne in Goyet, Belgium have cut marks that imply they were butchered and processed for consumption … Continue reading ?...

Social Imperialism and New Victorian Identity Politics

Social Imperialism? New Victorianism’s Domestic Moral Code and the Political Economy of Identity Politics “The nation-state in its imperialist guise was the inescapable context within which all political action necessarily took place:...Show More Summary

The Oldest Evidence of Cancer

In two papers published in the South African Journal of Science, researchers say they've found the oldest definitive evidence of malignancy in a hominid. Prior to this discovery, the oldest known hominin tumor was found in the rib of a Neanderthal dating back to around 120,000 years ago. Continue reading ?

The Working Class, Identity Politics and New Victorian History

Against the Labouring Classes: Identity Politics in the New Victorian Age The New Victorianism serves to not only divert politics into issues of morality and identity, it works to obfuscate the bases of increasing inequality. Focusing...Show More Summary

Study cracks coldest case: How “Lucy”- the most famous human ancestor died

Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor, probably died after falling from a tree, according to a study appearing inNature led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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