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  • Non-dominant hand vital to the evolution of the thumb

    Anthropology News -- ScienceDaily
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    New research from biological anthropologists has shown that the use of the non-dominant hand was likely to have played a vital role in the evolution of modern human hand morphology: the production of stone tools requires the thumb on the non-dominant hand to be significantly stronger and more robust than the fingers.
  • Groundwater tied to human evolution

    Anthropology News -- ScienceDaily
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Our ancient ancestors' ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species, a new study shows.
  • Integrating Health
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    When dealing with the term “medicine,” there is no single definition, static through space and time.  Many of the world’s medical systems illustrate diverging, sometimes opposing, stories of health and healing, and each culture invariably believes in its own medicine. Unfortunately, our globalized world has been slow to recognize the medicine of the “other.”  Last month the Prince of Wales was dismayed by delay tactics of the government in creating a register of healthcare practitioners that would include alternative, complementary, and holistic professionals alongside their…
  • Ishi, 'last wild Indian,' embraced adventure of life in S.F.

    anthropology - Yahoo News Search Results
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Ishi spent decades hiding out from white settlers' genocidal campaign against California Indians. Then he spent five years as an object of civilization's fascination with his vanished way of life. Last week's Portals told the story of how Ishi's tiny band of Yahi Indians stayed out of settlers' view for almost 50 years in their river canyon territory near Mount Lassen. Finally, Ishi was the only ...
  • Review: Bloch, Anthropology and the cognitive challenge

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Bloch, Maurice. 2012. Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  234 pp. Reviewed by Sarah Carson (Wayne State University) Maurice Bloch’s ambitious work, Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge, suggests nothing less than a complete overhaul of the discipline. Bloch first discusses the rift between social and natural science and how it would benefit both groups to reconcile and understand each other. This opposition is framed in terms of the omnipresent nature versus culture debates (although Bloch avoids the word “culture,” finding the…
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  • Students toil to put names to bodies of migrants

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Associate anthropology professor Lori Baker of Baylor University started the project, which uses laboratories at Baylor as well as Texas State University to try to identify the bodies. Abernathy, 22 and a Baylor senior, said she paid $800 for room and board in Falfurrias for two weeks in June to help exhume the remains. Baker and Texas State associate anthropology professor Kate Spradley said ...
  • Ishi, 'last wild Indian,' embraced adventure of life in S.F.

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Ishi spent decades hiding out from white settlers' genocidal campaign against California Indians. Then he spent five years as an object of civilization's fascination with his vanished way of life. Last week's Portals told the story of how Ishi's tiny band of Yahi Indians stayed out of settlers' view for almost 50 years in their river canyon territory near Mount Lassen. Finally, Ishi was the only ...
  • Language leanings

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    NRI Anuradha Kanniganti gave up a lucrative career to teach Telugu to Europeans .
  • Former Anthropology Professor Plans To Sue University

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Kimberly Theidon, a former associate professor who previously alleged Harvard violated Title IX in denying her tenure in May 2013, has withdrawn her complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination with intent to file a lawsuit against the University, her lawyer said Tuesday.
  • Solidarity is our word: My humanity is bound up in yours

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Editor's note: Michael Sean Winters is on vacation this week. Filling in for him are various writers from Millennial , a journal featuring the writing of millennial Catholics. Winters will be back next week.
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  • 40,000 Year Old Neanderthal #Hashtag Engravings from Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar

    Kambiz Kamrani
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Engravings believed to have been made by Neanderthals more than 39,000 years ago is pictured in Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar, in this handout photo courtesy of Stewart Finlayson of the Gibraltar Museum. Joaquín Rodríguez-Vidal and his colleagues have found a 40,000 year old pattern scratched in into the floor of a cave in Gibraltar. Is it a doodle, a message or a work of art? We’ve found Neanderthal art before, such as red ochre handprints on cave walls. But this new discovery is some sort of a tic-tac-toe pattern, to which the New Scientist cheekily dubbed them a…
  • Lagunita and Tamchén, Two Newly Discovered Mayan Sites

    Kambiz Kamrani
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Two large Maya sites in the Yucatana have been (re) discovered by Ivan Šprajc from the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The sites in the northern part of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve which is are in the southeast part of Campeche, close to the towns of Xpujil and Zoh Laguna. I used the phrase rediscoveries because one of the sites was visited by Eric Von Euw in the 1970’s He documented the extraordinary façade which I pictured below. He described it as an earth monster with its open and drew it out. His drawings are at the Peabody Museum. The exact…
  • Human Fossil Databases & Data Theft

    Kambiz Kamrani
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Hominid fossil databases are a very difficult undertaking to curate and create. One of my mentors and colleagues, Dr. Henry Gilbert created a very impressive database. He organized the fossils based upon geography, phylogenetics, history, species, and geochronology. I consider it a one of a kind database. It troubles me to see that Hans Peter, author of the German website, The Evolution of Man, has taken all of Dr. Gilbert’s data and used it in his own database without any citation. This is is blatant data theft and it is disrespectful. Gilbert has a liberal copyright…
  • Why Do Young Earth Creationists Only Know Of Lucy?

    Kambiz Kamrani
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Adam Benton from EvoAnth has published an interesting paper where he tries to understand why Young Earth Creationists are consistently ignorant of other fossil hominids. To help answer his question, he analyzed how three prominent creationist websites are represent the hominin fossil record. Benton searched for mentions of five other hominid species that are just as important as Lucy and ideally should be represented just as in-depth. The results of his study are shown in the table below. It shows how many times these websites refer each of the fossils under consideration. You can clearly…
  • Integrating Health

    19 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    When dealing with the term “medicine,” there is no single definition, static through space and time.  Many of the world’s medical systems illustrate diverging, sometimes opposing, stories of health and healing, and each culture invariably believes in its own medicine. Unfortunately, our globalized world has been slow to recognize the medicine of the “other.”  Last month the Prince of Wales was dismayed by delay tactics of the government in creating a register of healthcare practitioners that would include alternative, complementary, and holistic professionals alongside their…
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  • The writing behind the written

    Carole McGranahan
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    (Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Noel B. Salazar as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Noel is Research Professor at the Faculty of the Social Sciences at the University of Leuven. He is the author of Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond (Berghahn, 2010), and is co-editor with Nelson H.H. Graburn of Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches (Berghahn, 2014), and with Nina Glick Schiller of Regimes of Mobility: Imaginaries and Relationalities of Power (Routledge, 2014). Scholar of tourism, cosmopolitanism, and varied forms…
  • What archaeologists do: Between archaeology and media archaeology

    Sara Perry
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Archaeologists and antiquarians have been innovators, assemblers, critical interrogators, and remakers of media and media technologies for at least 500 years. Their outputs have been drawn into broader programmes of social theorising about modes of engagement, and they are often pioneers in the application of new media. While there are many people studying and broadcasting about these issues today – including a growing number of excellent blogs that deal directly or indirectly with the topic: see Digital Dirt|Virtual Pasts, Anarchaeologist, Prehistories, Archaeology and Material Culture,…
  • Finding Your Way

    Carole McGranahan
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    (Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Paul Stoller as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Paul is Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University. He is the renowned author of innumerable articles and eleven books ranging from ethnography to memoir to biography, and is also a regular Huffington Post blogger on anthropology, Africa, higher education, politics, and more. In 2013, he received the Anders Retzius Gold Medal in Anthropology from the King of Sweden. His newest book Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-being in the World will be out in October…
  • Around the Web Digest: Week of August 31

    Dick Powis
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    It’s that time of the week again! Here are some items you may have missed in the last few days. If you have something to share for next week, please let me know by email ( or on Twitter (@dtpowis). Let’s see… Tanya Luhrmann discussed the subjectivity and plasticity of sensory perception across cultures. (New York Times) Missing something? Kristina Killgrove was in receipt of some human remains – without provenience or explanation. Just another day in an anthropology department. (Powered by Osteons) Kristin Yarris and Heide Castañeda explored the concept of…
  • Economy Such Complex, Culture Much Simple

    7 Sep 2014 | 12:53 am
    “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” — H.L. Mencken In a recent blog post, Paul Krugman argues that economists and policy makers have deliberately mystified the current economic situation for political reasons and that the solution to our current woes is actually very simple: we need more government spending to boost demand. He plays off the above Mencken epigram, saying “For every simple problem there is an answer that is murky, complex, and wrong.” It is interesting to compare the kind of economic fear mongering discussed by…
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  • Creation of the Vuoksi River preceded a significant cultural shift

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The creation of the Vuoksi River and the subsequent rapid decrease in the water level of Lake Saimaa approximately 6,000 years ago revealed thousands of square kilometers of new, fertile land in eastern Finland. Researchers have studied the role that the decrease in water levels has played in the interaction between nature and humans.
  • Groundwater tied to human evolution

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Our ancient ancestors' ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species, a new study shows.
  • Three extinct squirrel-like species discovered: Mammals may have originated much earlier than thought

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Paleontologists have described three new small squirrel-like species that place a poorly understood Mesozoic group of animals firmly in the mammal family tree. The study supports the idea that mammals -- an extremely diverse group that includes egg-laying monotremes such as the platypus, marsupials such as the opossum, and placentals like humans and whales -- originated at least 208 million years ago in the late Triassic, much earlier than some previous research suggests.
  • Non-dominant hand vital to the evolution of the thumb

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    New research from biological anthropologists has shown that the use of the non-dominant hand was likely to have played a vital role in the evolution of modern human hand morphology: the production of stone tools requires the thumb on the non-dominant hand to be significantly stronger and more robust than the fingers.
  • Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Depictions of animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts have helped scientists assemble a detailed record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years. A new analysis of this record shows that species extinctions, probably caused by a drying climate and growing human population in the region, have made the ecosystem progressively less stable.
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  • Ancient mtDNA from southern Africa related to San

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Genome Biol Evol (2014) doi: 10.1093/gbe/evu202 First Ancient Mitochondrial Human Genome from a Pre-Pastoralist Southern African Alan G. Morris et al. The oldest contemporary human mitochondrial lineages arose in Africa. The earliest divergent extant maternal offshoot, namely haplogroup L0d, is represented by click-speaking forager peoples of Southern Africa. Broadly defined as Khoesan, contemporary Khoesan are today largely restricted to the semi-desert regions of Namibia and Botswana, while archeological, historical and genetic evidence promotes a once broader southerly dispersal of…
  • ASHG 2014 titles and abstracts

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Some interesting titles from the ASHG 2014 conference.UPDATE: I have added the abstracts.The human X chromosome is the target of megabase wide selective sweeps associated with multi-copy genes expressed in male meiosis and involved in reproductive isolation. M. H. Schierup, K. Munch, K. Nam, T. Mailund, J. Y. Dutheil.   The X chromosome differs from the autosomes in its hemizogosity in males and in its intimate relationship with the very different Y chromosome. It has a different gene content than autosomes and undergo specific processes such as meiotic sex chromosome…
  • An archaeological scenario for Out of Arabia

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Jeffrey Rose and Anthony Marks have a preprint in which he details an archaeological scenario for the emergence of the Emiran (arguably the best candidate for the ur-Upper Paleolithic at the moment) from Arabian progenitors who themselves had Northeast African Nubian Levallois progenitors. I proposed Out of Arabia a few years ago and followed research suggestive of such a trajectory of modern humans in various posts under the Out of Arabia label.In a nutshell, it seems to me that the 50kya OoAfrica model is wrong, falsified by (i) the dating of Neandertal adixture (which precedes it and could…
  • Amphipolis caryatid

    7 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    The constant stream of discoveries from the Amphipolis tomb are fascinating. It is not often that one sees archaeology reported almost in "real time".It is clear that a tomb with a 500m perimeter from the last quarter of the 4th c. BC (i) was built for someone very important, and (ii) someone that is in the history books. Unfortunately, such a huge monument would be sure to have attracted attention even in antiquity and it's possible that it was robbed; the intact tomb of Philip II in Vergina (where more tombs in the royal necropolis have recently been discovered) is, by comparison,…
  • Jack the Ripper = Aaron Kosminski (?)

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain's most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders The landmark discovery was made after businessman Russell Edwards, 48, bought the shawl at auction and enlisted the help of Dr Jari Louhelainen, a world-renowned expert in analysing genetic evidence from historical crime scenes. Using cutting-edge techniques, Dr Louhelainen was able to extract 126-year-old DNA from the material and compare it to DNA from descendants of Eddowes and the suspect, with both proving a perfect…
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  • Militarization: It’s All the Same, Everywhere. Or Is It?

    Maximilian Forte
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    By what logic, if any, does Zero Anthropology function? If in light of the controversy that erupted with the publication of Sophia Tesfamariam’s outline and condemnation of western anthropologists working to support regime change in her native Eritrea, Zero Anthropology for its part fails to criticize the Eritrean government for its alleged militarization, then what good are we? (Well, for one, we are good for a distraction: turn the denunciations around against us, the messenger of a messenger, and thus avoid any discomfort occasioned by Tesfamariam’s allegations.) Let’s…
  • The Terrorism We Support in Syria: A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians

    Maximilian Forte
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    By Eva Bartlett In stark contrast to the sparse coverage of the brutality of ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria over the past few years, there has recently been substantial coverage of the emergence of ISIS in Iraq and the terrorist acts that this US-backed and funded group has been committing. This surge of media focus on ISIS’ brutality in Iraq and particularly on the recent alleged be-headings of two American journalists is extensively considered, amongst independent political analysts, to be setting the stage for NATO and the Axis-of-Imperialists to “fight terrorism” in…
  • Militainment: Militarized Romance that Kills

    Maximilian Forte
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The following is a series of extracts from Laura Powell’s chapter, “Glorification of the Military in Popular Culture and the Media,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 167-184: Overview: Laura Powell argues that while our military members are generally perceived as heroes, this romanticized perception of the military is more damaging than it is helpful. The mainstream media are part of the problem, Powell shows, as news coverage of conflicts is often incomplete or wrong, and based on an idealized version of…
  • The Terrorist, the Tyrant and the Thug

    Maximilian Forte
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The following is a series of extracts from John Manicom’s chapter, “The Terrorist, the Tyrant and the Thug: ‘Anti-Anti-Imperialism’ in American Media and Policy,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 149-166: Overview: John Manicom’s chapter is a powerful examination of the discursive and narrative practices of US politicians and media with regard to non-US opponents of US power. These US actors generate catastrophizing discourse classifying phenomena in politically advantageous ways and seeking to arouse…
  • A Neoliberal Coup: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

    Maximilian Forte
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The following is a series of extracts from Mathieu Guerin’s chapter, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wage Labour: The American Legislative Exchange Council and the Neoliberal Coup,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 121-145: Overview: Mathieu Guerin produces a fascinating investigation and theoretical discussion of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a not-for-profit organization that brings together corporate representatives and state legislators—thus “marrying” both capital and the…
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  • 10 years and what about the future?

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Although it was ten years ago I started this blog and anthropology portal, I am not sure if there is something to celebrate. The website has been more or less dormant for nearly two years now. Despite several attempts to start up blogging again, I failed to keep it going. But now, because of the anniversary, what about starting another attempt? Life is more or less upside down after I went to Cairo, Egypt, three years ago and got stuck here. It was supposed to be a short trip, but I ended up getting married here. That was the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me. But I still have to…
  • "Religion in Digital Games": Relaunch of Open Access journal "Online"

    28 Feb 2014 | 3:54 am
    "Second Life is their only chance to participate in religious rituals": This seven year old post about the research by anthropologist Tom Boellstorff on the virtual world Second Life came into my mind when I heard about the new special issue "Religion in Digital Games" of the interdisciplinary Open access journal "Online. Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet". The journal is published by the Institute of Religious Studies at the University of Heidelberg and has just been relaunched and redesigned. Religion in online games seems to be still a new topic in the university world.
  • Interview: "Researching fashion means researching inequalities"

    24 Feb 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Anthropologist Tereza Kuldova, author of many book reviews here on has recently defended her PhD-thesis Designing Elites: Fashion and Prestige in Urban North India". Now she has turned her thesis into a museum exhibition and an edited volume called Fashion India. Spectacular Capitalism. Researching fashion means researching society and economic systems at large, she explains in this interview. In her case studying fashion means especially studying inequalities. So you turned your PhD thesis both into an exhibition and then into an edited…
  • The new announcement blog

    20 Feb 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Call for papers or films? Interesting events? Jobs and scholarships? now has its own multilingual announcement blog at As some of you might have noticed, I've taken down the old bulletin board as it had become too popular among both human and non-human spam bots. So send me your announcements, and I will (most probably) post them. Currently, there are call for papers for the panels CFP: Economies of growth or ecologies of survival? and CfP: Rethinking assisted conception: dynamics of law, morality and religion at the EASA…
  • How scholars in the Middle East developed anthropology more than 1000 years ago

    26 Apr 2013 | 6:12 am
    Anthropology emerged in a relatively high scientific level in the wider Middle East before it existed as a discipline in the West. Therefore, the label of colonialism often coupled to its emergence must be removed. This is the main point of an article by Hassen Chaabani in the recent issue of the International Journal of Modern Anthropology. Although the beginning of the development of anthropology as a discipline is originated in colonial encounter between Western people and colonized peoples and, therefore, coupled to its use in favor of extremist ideologies such as racism, this must not…
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  • RAI Horniman Museum Collecting Initiative (2014-2015)

    Haidy Geismar
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    As part of Collections People Stories: Anthropology Re-Considered, an Arts Council England (ACE) funded project taking place at the Horniman Museum, 2012-2015, we are seeking PhD Students or Postdoctoral Fellows, who plan to carry out fieldwork in 2014-2015 to make small collections for the museum. Deadline: 30 September 2014 Collections People Stories: Anthropology Re-Considered is undertaking a detailed review and documentation of the Horniman’s Anthropology collections, highlighting the range, scale and importance of both its stored collections and those on display. The project sets…
  • EASA review

    Patrick LAVIOLETTE
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Theodoros Kyriakides (a doctoral candidate in the anthropology of illness at the University of Manchester) provides a blog review for Savage Minds of the recent 13th Biennial EASA conference, held at Tallinn University in Estonia from 31 July to 3 August. Over at the Allegra site, one can find some recent interviews with EASA President Noel Salazar as well as the co-chairs of the conference’s scientific committee, Carlo Cubero and Patrick Laviolette. A visual archive of the conference has also been collated.  … Continue Reading
  • Best of Material World: Digital Media

    Heather Horst
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since the Material World Blog began, the digital media landscape changed dramatically. In social media terms, we have moved from Friendster, MySpace and Orkut to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp, with a range of other digital, mobile and social media becoming embedded within many people’s everyday lives around the world. These transformations resulted in an increasing number of posts that explored the changing relationships with digital media and made visible the materiality of the digital worlds. In my review of the best of digital media on Material World Blog, five key…
  • Best of Material World Blog: Landscape and Place

    Patrick LAVIOLETTE
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Patrick Laviolette (EHI, Tallinn University, hosts of EASA2014) In terms of providing reflections on the material dimensions of place and landscape, here are some links to what I feel have been amongst the more provocative postings on the blog over the years. Many of the authors to the links below implicitly, or sometimes even explicitly ask: how do we depict our spatial experiences through the digital medium of blogging? In Feb 2007, Graeme Were put up a piece simply entitled ‘Footpaths‘ byKate Cameron-Daum. It is an eye-catching post which stirred my own curiosity on methods of…
  • Made in Palestine

    Haidy Geismar
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Christopher Pinney, UCL [Please note: this  post was written before the intensification of the current Israeli offensive on Gaza] I decided to transgress the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions) injunction and attend a conference on ‘The Photographic Imagination’ in Tel Aviv in June 2014 for several reasons.  The two central ones concerned, firstly, the Apartheid analogy. Having taught a short course at the University of Cape Town in 2000 it was quite apparent that there were many courageous dissident academic intellectuals that had been a key element of the resistance during the…
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  • Top of the heap: Sarah Willen by Maria Cecilia Dedios

    Maria Cecilia Dedios
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    For this installment of “Top of the heap,” we spoke to Sarah Willen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Human Rights Institute’s Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. Sarah Willen This summer I found myself puzzling deeply over the notion of dignity. In fields like political philosophy, bioethics, law, and human rights, interest in dignity has grown like gangbusters, especially in the past half-decade. As debates have raged, anthropologists, for the most part, have been quiet. Some might find this anthropological…
  • Once More unto the Breach (of capitalism and nature) – jonathan crary’s 24/7 by Matthew Wolf-Meyer

    Matthew Wolf-Meyer
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary Verso Books, 2013. 133 pp.   Years ago, I gave a talk at Stanford University, an hour drive north from Santa Cruz. During the question and answer period after the talk, an economist in the audience raised a question about my argument that despite widespread belief in the emergence of a 24/7 global society, in fact, what we’ve seen over the last two decades is the gradual and uneven retreat from a 24-hour society. It wasn’t a question so much as a statement that I was wrong. I suggested that from the perspective of…
  • In the Journals, September 2014 – Part I by Anna Zogas

    Anna Zogas
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here’s the first selection of articles published in September. Enjoy! American Anthropologist  Resisting Commensurability: Against Informed Consent as an Anthropological Virtue Kirsten Bell In this article, I examine anthropology’s embrace of the informed consent doctrine at the end of the 1990s. Although acknowledging its utility in resolving the tensions between disciplinary ideals of openness in field research and the diverse array of contexts in which anthropologists now work, I argue that it has not been in our best interest to co-opt the concept. Bringing together the prior…
  • Climate Change and Planetary Health by Merrill Singer

    Merrill Singer
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Five years ago, the University College London Commission concluded that climate change is the biggest threat to human health in the 21st century. Health has entered a new epoch in which environmental factors, under adverse human influence, must become the focus worldwide.  This recognition sparked the planetary health initiative, spearheaded by The Lancet, which is motivated by acceptance of the fundamental need for collective achievement of a world “that nourishes and sustains the diversity of life with which we coexist and on which we depend” (Horton 2014).  This cage-rattling…
  • New series: Climate change and health by Melanie Boeckmann

    Melanie Boeckmann
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Climate change and human health is a topic of growing popularity and urgency in the public health community. In its draft twelfth working program the WHO repeatedly links climate change to negative health impacts, and the working group II report of the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report dedicates a chapter to the effects of climate change on health. Despite these high-level engagements with the issue, it is worth slowing down and examining the conceptual challenges associated with climate change.  For example, assigning value and credibility to the mere…
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  • Anthropological Fieldwork by Daiva Repeckaite

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    by Daiva Repečkaitė Fieldwork-byDR1
  • Privilege, Honor, and Meetings

    8 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
      Cheese Squares, Olives, and Power without Responsibility. Gentry, Blue Blood, and Privilege. Max Weber’s ideas about Honoratioren, Voting Cows, and Power. Meetings are rituals, and rituals need symbols, and decorations. I’ve been to a lot of meetings in my time as an academic where I sat bored and confused, but still fulfilled my function as a decoration, and clap on cue. And to a large extent, that is what such ritual is about: clapping on cue about that to which you are brain dead. The most obvious place I am such a decoration is in May graduation ceremonies. I march into a…
  • Nicholas Wade, Jared Diamond and Anthropology

    7 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
         Ok, Anthropology, one day after my post on Nicholas Wade, and that post gets more hits than the last five or six posts here put together.  I get it, you like Nicholas Wade, and especially complaining about him.  You don’t like biological reductionism, and think that such studies are used to reinforce racist ideologies.  For what it is worth, I more or less agree. But for some reason you don’t want to read stuff that critiques biological reductionism on its own terms, and opt for those presented by the anthropology’s favorite bogeymen, which from recent activity in the…
  • Nicholas Wade Writes Again—And Again Anthropology Pays Attention

    6 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Nicholas Wade has a new book out, and the Anthropologists are sharpening their indignation—complaining because he treads on their private territory.  Sorry, anthro, you are not medicine or law, and do not have a monopoly over who practices what you preach.  Let it go.  Sometimes I think that the entire discipline is beset by a big-time inferiority complex The solution?  Simply do good anthropology, and more importantly, promote good anthropology.  That might mean assigning Nigel Barley’s The Innocent Anthropologist, Jonathan Marks book What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee, Carol…
  • Mirror Neurons and the Looking Glass Self: The Neural Sciences meet Sociology

    30 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
      Why do neural scientists need expensive MRI machines to “see” what classical sociologists Charles Horton Cooley and George Herbert Mead saw by simply looking into the eyes of children?  This is the subject of my recent article “Of Mirror Neurons and the Looking Glass Self” published in Perspectives on Science The Mirror Neuron is a hot thing today in the neural sciences.  The Mirror Neuron hypothesis postulates that a person watching another person do something, imagines that the other person is doing.  How do the neural scientists know this?  Because they can watch it on…
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    Constructing Amusement

  • Job posting for tenure-track position: Assistant Professor of Advocacy and Social Change

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    At School of Communication at LUC this Fall, the search has begun for someone interested in advocacy and social change with a strong background in digital technology. Details here: Assistant Professor of Advocacy and Social Change The School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago is looking for a tenure track assistant professor specializing in advocacy and social change, with an
  • Exciting research plans for the summer

    19 May 2014 | 9:49 am
    Now on the other side of my first academic year on the Tenure Track, I'm happy to say that the whirring of the machine has not stopped here at Constructing Amusement. Teaching: Courses I've taught in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago so far include: Communication and New Media, Game Studies, Critical Ethnography, and Intro to Digital Media (Grad). Ethics: At the Center
  • Announcing April’s SIMLab Brown Bag talk: Investigating a MMOG community through a social justice framework

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:46 am
    Time/Place: April 7th, 2014 @12pm, SIMLab (SOC 016) Speaker: Kelly Bergstrom, York University As with all games, Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) are a voluntary leisure activity. However, the voluntary nature of play does not necessarily mean these gameworlds are equally open to all.  To illustrate barriers to participation I present a case study of EVE Online, a space-themed MMOG
  • CFP: The Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics, Chicago Nov 7th, 2014

    24 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    Call for papers The Center for Digital Ethics & Policy at Loyola University Chicago ( will be holding its 4th Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics on Nov 7th, 2014. We are looking for papers on digital ethics.  Topics might include privacy, anonymity, griefing, free speech, intellectual property, hacking, scamming, surveillance, information mining, transparency,
  • Announcing the official launch of SIMLab!

    20 Feb 2014 | 10:44 am
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    Visual Anthropology of Japan - 日本映像人類学

  • Free and Open Access of Alexander Street Press Anthropology Resources (limited time only)

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Announcement via EASIANTH. This is free access to a wide variety of films, text and other resources. Take advantage of this open access while you can! For a limited time the full range of Alexander Street Press anthropology collections, video and text, are available open access to the academic community. Access to all our anthropology collections is available until 30 September using the following link: click on the collections in your area of interest and start exploring today -there are seven collections…
  • The Tribe - "Performed entirely in sign language with nary a subtitle nor a syllable of spoken dialogue"

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Photo and story borrowed from, emotions and desperate impulses speak far louder than words in “The Tribe,” a formally audacious coup de cinema that marks a stunning writing-directing debut for Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Set largely within the walls of a boarding school for the deaf that reveals itself as a violent cesspool of organized crime, this bleak, pitiless yet weirdly exhilarating drama is performed entirely in sign language by an ensemble of non-professional young actors, with nary a subtitle nor a syllable of spoken dialogue — a demanding…
  • "HIV/AIDS awareness in Japan still lacking"

    7 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    From Japan Today, 9/6/14 (by Chiara Terzuolo): It starts as a quick twist in a morning chat with friends, sipping coffee as the still cool morning breeze wafts off the port of Yokohama. My two friends are women in their mid-30s, professional and well-traveled. One tilts her head to the side and wonders: ‘I dunno, I feel a bit weird… maybe it’s the heat? Or maybe I got pregnant from that guy a few weeks ago…’ The other quickly laughs it off, saying it is unlikely at their age, with much assenting and nodding. And my blood runs cold. “Why didn’t you use a condom?!” The question…
  • "Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train"

    4 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    As VAOJ has stated many times, privacy laws are different in Japan. People have a right to privacy even when in public. So it is always best - and safe - to ask permission before taking a photo in public. See the story below from Japan Today, 9/5/14: Japan was one of the first countries to sell mobile phones equipped with a camera back in 2000. Having a camera on you at all times sure does come in handy, as you’ll always be able to capture that special moment wherever you are. Unfortunately, sometimes that special moment is a peep-shot or a scandalous photo which is certainly a violation of…
  • "Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art forced to cover up 'obscene' photos following complaint"

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Image borrowed from Twitter (@asaitakashi) via Japan Today, 8/27/14.Story from Japan Today, 8/27/14: When police arrested Japanese artist Rokudenashiko last month for distributing 3-D printer plans for models of her vagina, the world was at once baffled and outraged. But despite all the fuss that was raised over the artist’s arrest, it looks like the Japanese police are at it again, this time targeting the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art for an exhibition featuring nude photography by the Japanese photographer Ryudai Takano. Though no one has been arrested, the museum made headlines after…
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    International Cognition and Culture Institute

  • Cultural Evolution at the Santa Fe Institute

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Last May, Daniel Dennett gathered, at the Santa Fe Institute, a handful of people who have written about cultural evolution. The general impression was that (as he tweeted some time later) "the meeting revealed a lot of unexpected comon ground". The International Cognition and Culture Institute is happy to publish, by way of proceedings, each participant's summary. Comments are open! Daniel Dennett's introduction (with comments). Participants' summaries (in alphabetical order): Susan Blackmore, Robert Boyd, Nicolas Claidière, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Joseph…
  • Perspectives on Cultural Evolution, by Daniel C. Dennett

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    These are Daniel Dennett's introductory remarks on the workshop on cultural evolution he conveyed in Santa Fe in May 2014. Click to see the summaries and comments by Blackmore, Boyd, Claidière, Godfrey‑Smith, Henrich, Morin, Richerson, Sperber, Sterelny. Perspectives on Cultural Evolution (Footnotes contain comments by Richerson and Sperber.)Ever since Darwin’s Descent of Man (1871), the idea of adopting an evolutionary perspective on human culture has seemed to many to be a natural move,  obviously worth trying—and to many others to be a…
  • Call for posters: Reciprocity and Social Cognition

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    The Berlin School of Mind and Brain organizes a symposium on "Reciprocity and Social Cognition", from the 23rd to the 25th of March, 2015. Keynote speakers will be Richard Moran, Julia Fischer and Natalie Sebanz (Cognitive Science, CEU Budapest). The deadline to submit a poster is the first of October. Complete call below the fold.
  • Has a decimal point error misled millions into believing that spinach is a good source of iron?

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    A great cultural epidemiology story by Ole Bjørn RekdalAcademic urban legends,"  in  Social Studies of Science (2014, 44(4)) freely available here Abstract: Many of the messages presented in respectable scientific publications are, in fact, based on various forms of rumors. Some of these rumors appear so frequently, and in such complex, colorful, and entertaining ways that we can think of them as academic urban legends. The explanation for this phenomenon is usually that authors have lazily, sloppily, or fraudulently employed sources, and peer reviewers and editors…
  • Random choice among the Kantu, swidden agriculturalists of Kalimantan

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    An excellent post by Michael Schulson at Aeon magazine entitled "How to choose? When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark," showing, among other things, how rationality and expectations of rationality can clash."In the 1970s, a young American anthropologist named Michael Dove set out for Indonesia, intending to solve an ethnographic mystery. Then a graduate student at Stanford, Dove had been reading about the Kantu’, a group of subsistence farmers who live in the tropical forests of Borneo. The Kantu’…
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  • Review: Bloch, Anthropology and the cognitive challenge

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Bloch, Maurice. 2012. Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  234 pp. Reviewed by Sarah Carson (Wayne State University) Maurice Bloch’s ambitious work, Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge, suggests nothing less than a complete overhaul of the discipline. Bloch first discusses the rift between social and natural science and how it would benefit both groups to reconcile and understand each other. This opposition is framed in terms of the omnipresent nature versus culture debates (although Bloch avoids the word “culture,” finding the…
  • Anthro X: An anti-seminar in culture and cognition

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    As mentioned in my previous post, this term I’m running a special course on the topic of culture and cognition, for six of the students in my Culture, Language and Cognition course from last term, all of whom were highly successful and, because I’m advising them in one way or another, are highly motivated to do some more work in this field.    I’m running this as a joint directed study – it looks like a seminar, and acts like a seminar, but keeping it ‘directed’ allows me to schedule it and manage enrollment more effectively.   I’m calling it…
  • Another summer gone

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:26 pm
    All lies.  The promises I made to myself that I’d post here even while I was doing my fieldwork: all the products of a self-deluded mind.  Is this what happens when you get tenure?  Who knew? In any event, yes, I’m still alive, and yes, as alluded above, I now have tenure and can spend the next 30 years ranting about ‘kids these days’ or whatever I choose, but no, I haven’t been around much online – although I have been spending some time on Twitter schrisomalis.  But enough wallowing.  No time for wallowing. Once again I’ll be teaching my…
  • Jim Lambek, 1922-2014

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I learned the sad news today that the mathematician Joachim Lambek (Jim to all of us who knew him) passed away yesterday at the age of 91.    Jim was one of my mentors and an external committee member for my Ph.D.     Jim will be known to mathematicians (of whom I suppose relatively few if any will read this blog) for his many articles in formal subjects far beyond my knowledge or ability, but also as a warm and generous scholar. I came to him in a rather roundabout way; in discussions with my advisor, Bruce Trigger, he suggested to me that if I really wanted to do this numbers thing,…
  • A new look

    14 May 2014 | 10:20 am
    As you will see (at least, if you view the site on the WordPress page as opposed to on an aggregator or somewhere else), I have changed the theme and layout for the site.   Hope you like it – any theme is going to have its advantages and disadvantages.   Frankly I was getting annoyed at the small text size and plainness of the old theme, which had been around since the blog’s inception in 2008.  This one has larger text and is more modern, and the main headings are larger and clearer (now at the left sidebar).    Comments and criticisms are welcome, bearing in mind that…
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  • The Mediterranean Spring

    John Postill
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    In this post the Spanish-Syrian blogger and activist Leila Nachawati recounts her participation in Spain’s indignados (15M) movement in the wake of the Arab Spring, as well as her efforts to explain this movement to friends and colleagues in the Arab world and the United States. In doing so, she draws parallels and contrasts between the new protest movements that were born in 2010-2011 on both shores of the Mediterranean. I have abridged, translated and adapted the text below from an interview with Stéphane Grueso that took place in Madrid towards the end of 2011. This is the sixth…
  • The long-term impact of the new protest movements

    John Postill
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    In early 2011, the Spanish blog entrepreneur Julio Alonso joined other netizens in switching his attention from internet issues to his country’s profound economic and political crisis. The story below recounts this transition as well as giving us Alonso’s particular take on the indignados (15M) movement, shaped by his technological expertise. It is translated and adapted from an interview by Stéphane Grueso that took place in Madrid towards the end of 2011. This is the fifth instalment in my freedom technologists series. The full interview is available on YouTube via…
  • The five modes of self-tracking

    John Postill
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    John Postill:By Deborah Lupton Originally posted on This Sociological Life: Recently I have been working on a conference paper that seeks to outline the five different modes of self-tracking that I have identified as currently in existence. I argue that there is evidence that the personal data that are derived from individuals engaging in reflexive self-monitoring are now beginning to be used by agencies and organisations beyond the personal and privatised realm. Self-tracking rationales and sites are proliferating as part of a ‘function creep’ of the technology and ethos of…
  • We don’t know how to participate

    John Postill
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    In this fourth episode of the freedom technologists series we hear from Margarita Padilla, another IT specialist active in Spain’s civil society, most recently in the indignados (or 15M) movement. The story below is once again translated and adapted from an interview by Stéphane Grueso that took place in Madrid in December 2011 (see my earlier post on Daniel Vázquez). The  interview is freely available on YouTube (in Spanish). In future posts I will share some anthropological reflections on this and other personal narratives of the 15M movement. My name is Margarita Padilla. I am a…
  • How Spain’s indignados movement was born

    John Postill
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    In this third instalment of the freedom technologists series we hear the extraordinary story of the IT specialist Daniel Vázquez, one of the original occupiers of Puerta del Sol square, in Madrid, where Spain’s indignados (or 15M) movement was born in May 2011. On the first night of the occupation, Daniel set up the soon-to-be influential Twitter account @acampadasol. The story below is based on a long interview he gave to a fellow indignado, the documentary filmmaker Stéphane Grueso (@fanetin), who we met in the previous post. The two-part interview (in Spanish with English…
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    American Journal of Physical Anthropology

  • Predation risk sensitivity and the spatial organization of primate groups: A case study using GIS in lowland Woolly Monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii)

    Christopher A. Schmitt, Anthony Fiore
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    ABSTRACT Predation risk is thought to be a potent force influencing intragroup cohesion, and the level of risk experienced by an individual is expected to vary with both group size and spatial position within a group. Smaller-bodied and less-experienced individuals are presumed to be more vulnerable to predators, suggesting that within-group spatial organization should show size- and age-dependent patterns in predator sensitive positioning. However, such effects have been difficult to evaluate for arboreal primates living in large groups. We conducted a preliminary study using a novel,…
  • Cranial morphological diversity of early, middle, and late Holocene Brazilian groups: Implications for human dispersion in Brazil

    Mark Hubbe, Mercedes Okumura, Danilo V. Bernardo, Walter A. Neves
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    ABSTRACT The history of human occupation in Brazil dates to at least 14 kyr BP, and the country has the largest record of early human remains from the continent. Despite the importance and richness of Brazilian human skeletal collections, the biological relationships between groups and their implications for knowledge about human dispersion in the country have not been properly explored. Here, we present a comprehensive assessment of the morphological affinities of human groups from East-Central, Coastal, Northeast, and South Brazil from distinct periods and test for the best dispersion…
  • Molar crown inner structural organization in Javanese Homo erectus

    Clément Zanolli
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    ABSTRACT This contribution investigates the inner organizational pattern (tooth tissue proportions and enamel–dentine junction morphology) of seven Homo erectus permanent molar crowns from the late Lower-early Middle Pleistocene Kabuh Formation of the Sangiran Dome (Central Java, Indonesia). The previous study of their external characteristics confirmed the degree of time-related structural reduction occurred in Javanese H. erectus, and also revealed a combination of nonmetric features which are rare in the Lower and early Middle Pleistocene dental record, but more frequently found in…
  • Hybridization effects and genetic diversity of the common and black-tufted marmoset (Callithrix jacchus and Callithrix penicillata) mitochondrial control region

    Joanna Malukiewicz, Vanner Boere, Lisieux F. Fuzessy, Adriana D. Grativol, Jeffrey A. French, Ita de Oliveira e Silva, Luiz C.M. Pereira, Carlos R. Ruiz-Miranda, Yuri M. Valença, Anne C. Stone
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    ABSTRACT Hybridization is continually documented in primates, but effects of natural and anthropogenic hybridization on biodiversity are still unclear and differentiating between these contexts remains challenging in regards to primate evolution and conservation. Here, we examine hybridization effects on the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region of Callithrix marmosets, which provide a unique glimpse into interspecific mating under distinct anthropogenic and natural conditions. DNA was sampled from 40 marmosets along a 50-km transect from a previously uncharacterized hybrid zone in NE…
  • The paleoecology of early Pleistocene Gigantopithecus blacki inferred from isotopic analyses

    Sherry V. Nelson
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    ABSTRACT This study presents isotopic analyses of Gigantopithecus blacki and contemporaneous fauna from Early Pleistocene southern China cave localities with a view to reconstructing the paleoecology of this large extinct ape. Carbon and oxygen stable isotope compositions were determined using tooth enamel carbonate of Gigantopithecus and eight other taxa from Longgudong Cave and additional Gigantopithecus specimens from Juyuandong Cave. Carbon isotopic values of Gigantopithecus fauna reflect a densely forested habitat rarely preserved in the fossil record. These values overlap with those of…
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  • Anth 207: new open education space – update!

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    If you follow Neuroanthropology, either here or on Facebook, you may have noticed something new. We’ve had a bit of a facelift to this site and added a page: Anth 207 Neuroanth 101. This new venture is an effort to generate open educational resources for people interested in psychological anthropology: students, teachers, researchers, the curious… The first video for Anth 207  Neuroanth 101 is already posted: WEIRD psychology. We’ll be adding more videos slowly, as well as suggested readings, other related resources, reflection questions, and notes. The goal is to start…
  • Almost Here! The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology

    20 Aug 2012 | 5:22 am
    It started on this blog. In 2007, Greg and I co-founded Neuroanthropology. Five years later our book is out! “The Encultured Brain” will be published by MIT Press this Friday, August 24th, 2012. You can already order itat Amazon! The brain and the nervous system are our most cultural organs. Our nervous system is especially immature at birth, our brain disproportionately small in relation to its adult size and open to cultural sculpting at multiple levels. Recognizing this, the new field of neuroanthropology places the brain at the center of discussions about human nature and…
  • Neuroanthropology Now on Facebook

    4 Aug 2012 | 7:54 am
    Neuroanthropology now comes in two forms on Facebook! The Blog – With Extra Content If you want to follow everything that we’re doing on the Neuroanthropology PLOS blog, and you also want short, fun posts that Greg and I have specifically written for Facebook, then head over to the Neuroanthropology Blog Facebook Page. I just stuck the great photo featured here up on Facebook – just a sample! Neuroanthropology Interest Group An active interest group – with lots of shared links and discussion – is growing quickly on Facebook. Here you can share and discover news…
  • Neuroanthropology on PLoS – Best of 2011

    17 Jan 2012 | 1:47 pm
    The last year was a great one for us over at Neuroanthropology’s new home on the Public Library of Science – our first full year as part of PLoS Blogs, a lot of great writing, and a vivid sense that anthropology online is developing into a robust arena. Here is a quick run-down of the most read 2011 posts by Greg and by Daniel, as well as a selection of other notable posts. Greg – Top Five ‘The last free people on the planet’ *Greg’s comprehensive take on media hype over “uncontacted” Indian tribes, and how these groups truly challenge those of us living in…
  • at 1,000,000

    20 Dec 2010 | 6:29 pm just broke through the 1,000,000 visits mark! We’ve done that in three years. Our very post came in December 2007. Even though Greg and I have moved over to Neuroanthropology PLoS, this site has continued to generate impressive traffic since September 1st. Here are some of the posts that got us over the top: We agree it’s WEIRD, but is it WEIRD enough? -Greg dissects the excellent study by Henrich et al. that took psychologists to task for basing claims about universal psychology using samples of college students Inside the Mind of a Pedophile -Absolutely incredible…
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    BOAS Network

  • Meet anthropologist and “Gringo Trails” director Pegi Vail

    Kohanya Groff
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    “Gringo Trails” Directed by: Pegi Vail From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the film shows the unanticipated impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment, tracing some stories over 30 years. Through serious and at times humorous reflection, backpackers and local inhabitants tell startling stories of transformation. Featuring: Freddy Limaco, Guido Mamani, Kempo Tashi, Pico Iyer, Costas Christ, Rolf Potts, Anja MuticSEPT 4-11 CINEMA VILLAGE NEW YORK…
  • Latest Fossil Finds Make Puzzle of Human Evol. Harder to Solve

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The latest molecular analyses and fossil finds suggest that the story of human evolution is far more complex—and more interesting—than anyone imagined By Bernard Wood So what do you think?” said Lee Berger. He had just opened the lids of two big wooden boxes, each containing the carefully laid out fossilized bones of a humanlike skeleton from Malapa, South Africa. These two individuals, who had drawn their last breath two million years ago, had created quite a stir. Most fossils are “isolated” finds—a jawbone here, a foot bone there. Scientists then have to figure out whether the…
  • Meet anthropologist Dr. Laurie Kauffman

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Meet anthropologist Dr. Laurie Kauffman of Oklahoma City University! Here she discusses her work with squirrel monkeys in Costa Rica.
  • Meet Anthropologist Dr. Kerry M. Dore

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Meet anthropologist Dr. Kerry M. Dore! Here she discusses her work with vervet monkeys in St. Kitts. Vervet monkeys are not native to the island but have thrived in the lush landscape. As a result, their relationship with humans on the island is strained. Dr. Dore discusses options to help improve the monkey/human relationship. Check out more videos at
  • A Flower in the Mouth

    Jason Gardner
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    A Flower in the Mouth is a book by award-winning photographer Jason Gardner, showing the culture, music and rituals of the authentic, folkloric Carnaval festival in Pernambuco, Brazil. The 128pp book contains color and black & white images and interviews of the people shaping this dynamic culture, as well as writing from Jason’s experiences.  For more information and to purchase the book, go to The book also features a 9 track audio compilation, a download with music from the region. Image gallery here:
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    The Path of The Sun

  • REDDIT Q&A Transcript

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    The following transcript (in it's entirety) is the result of a Reddit AMA I conducted on Shamanism, Ayahausca, The Q'ero and Filmmaking I conducted on September 1, 2014.The shortlink for the actual event is or just read below....TRANSCRIPTI am Seti Gershberg a filmmaker and anthropologist who studied shamanism for two years in remote regions of Peru while filming my documentary series about mystical practices and the hallucinogenic plant medicine ayahuasca - Ask me anything.......submitted 1 day ago by SetiFX My short bio: Seti Gershberg is an…

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    The day is finally fast approaching.On September 1, 2014 THE PATH OF THE SUN will be officially released to the public. This includes the distribution of Kickstarter Rewards. If you contributed to the project's Kickstarter campaign you will be receiving a separate e-mail that contains your reward code that will allow you to stream and download both films that make up THE PATH OF THE SUN documentary series about shamanism, consciousness and the medicinal plant ayahuasca.  The e-mail will contain three coupon codes.  The first reward code is your Kickstarter reward which entitles…
  • Ask Me Anything - Reddit

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    ASK ME ANYTHING! (online event)Facebook Invitation: Gershberg is an Anthropologist and Filmmaker who spent two years in Peru studying shamanism and filming a two part documentary film series on mysticism and the medicinal plant ayahuasca.The Film The Path of The Sun consists of two feature length documentary films: Q'ero Mystics of Peru and Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift This event will…
  •  Official Selection!

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift has been selected to be screened at the ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education & Research) Ayahausca World 2014 conference film festival.The World Ayahuasca Conference 2014, organized by the ICEERS Foundation, aims to be a multidisciplinary event that brings together leading scientists, legal experts, practitioners. environmentalists and other experts involved in the ayahuasca field, facilitating the interchange of experience and knowledge, and the birth of new synergies and collaborations through the formal presentations and round…

    2 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Hi everyone,The word is leaking out that THE PATH OF THE SUN has ben completed and the official release date is September 1, 2014.  On that date or a few days prior anyone who has pre-ordered the film including all KICKSTARTER partners will receive an e-mail with access instructions - you will be able to both stream and download the movie in HD.  The project has been very rewarding and I am getting some good feedback from a few people who have seen it in its entirety.As a gift of appreciation and to raise awareness for the film I am offering a FREE download of Las Flores, a medicine…
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