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Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

Brain-machine interfaces have become a buzzword in recent years, triggering headlines when, for example, Brown University's John Donoghue's human patients drank coffee and picked up objects with robotic arms controlled by brain-implanted...Show More Summary

Anthropology Fluxx

I’m a big tabletop gamer and my wife has supernatural card playing abilities inherited from her mother. When our schedules synch up and we have a night off together we’re liable to put away a couple of bottles of wine playing Ticket to Ride after the kids go to bed. In my search for new […]

When life hands you a coffee plantation, make espresso

I started a new article recently on the life and thought of Bernard Narokobi, one of Papua New Guinea’s most influential thinkers. The paper grew out of my book, which has a significant section on Narokobi at the end. Expanding the material in the book into a whole article has involved digging deep, deep into the stacks and […]

Risk and Blame in L’Aquila

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Elizabeth Angell. Yesterday an Italian appeals court reversed the convictions of all but one of seven scientists and experts charged with involuntary manslaughter for failing to provide adequate warning before the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. Show More Summary

Baby Gorilla Crushed By Door At San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo's baby gorilla, Kabibe, died Friday after trying to dart through a closing hydraulic door.The zoo describes the death as a "rare accident," according to the zoo's website.The door's custom-made manual shut-off switch...Show More Summary

Boas and the Culture of Racism

The question is not that Boas was wrong about culture. It is rather that he told anthropologists that they are the only ones who are right. This quote is from the conclusion to the penultimate chapter of Bauman and Brigg’s award-winning book Voices of Modernity. The book employs a Foucauldian genealogical approach to trace the […]

On Ethnographic Knowability

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the Fall 2014 Writer’s Workshop series.(Savage Minds is pleased to post this essay by guest author Catherine Besteman as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Catherine is Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. She is author of numerous books and articles, including […]

25 Years without the Berlin Wall

Needless to say, the end of foreign imposed partition is an occasion of joy for any country. Here in Ireland, we look forward to the day when the British occupation will be lifted, and our land returned to native rule. Koreans also look forward to the day when Anglo-Saxon forces leave their land, and allow […]

A look at an early European

Kostenki Man, reconstructed by Mikhail Gerasimov (1907-1970). An early European who was not yet phenotypically European. Who were the first Europeans? We now have a better idea, thanks to a new paper about DNA from a man who lived some 38,700 to 36,200 years ago. Show More Summary

Kostenki 14 – A 36,000 Year Old European

Just what makes a European? European genetic ancestry used to seem straightforward and in general is now understood as an admixture … Continue reading ?

The Story of Place

The Story of Place is a short film about the unprotected territory of the Greater Canyonlands. This film follows Craig … Continue reading ?

Genome of Kostenki-14, an Upper Paleolithic European (Seguin-Orlando, Korneliussen, Sikora, et al. 2014)

A new paper in Science reports on the genome of Kostenki-14 (K14), an Upper Paleolithic European from Russia. This is now the third oldest Homo sapiens for which we have genetic data, after Ust'-Ishim (Siberia, 45 thousand years), Tianyuan (China, 40 thousand years), and now Kostenki (European part of Russia, 37 thousand years). Show More Summary

The kids from other neighborhoods

Halloween is a big deal in my house. Honestly it wasn’t anything I cared much about until I had kids. Having kids makes all the holidays more fun! Things really got out of control when we moved to Hilton Village, the “destination neighborhood” for trick or treaters in Newport News, Virginia. People come from all […]

Writing to become…

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the Fall 2014 Writer’s Workshop series.(Savage Minds is pleased to post this essay by guest author Sita Vekateswar as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Sita is a Social Anthropologist at Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is Associate Director of the Massey chapter of the recently established New Zealand India […]

The evolution of antiracism

Collection box for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, circa 1850 (Wikicommons). Throughout the world, kinship used to define the limits of morality. The less related you were to someone, the less moral you had to be with him or her. Show More Summary

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