Pascal Boyer explaining why anthropology is largely irrelevant. If you are an anthropologist, a sociologist, a culture studies kind of person, a hyphenated American studies person, etc, you really REALLY need to watch and listen to this.
Human Zoos →
Evolutionary psychology is like men are men because GENES Women are mothers...– Just some more poor soul that doesn’t understand what evolutionary psychology is. Everyone wants to talk about how sexist it is, as if politics has anything to do with the science of human origins. People, stop pretending that biological sex doesn’t exist, and stop pretending that...
What science disputes in religion is not its right to exist but its right to...– Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (via handfu1ofdust)
Taylor Empire Airways: Studying religion with a... →
taylorempireairways: Brian Bethune of Maclean’s magazine conducts a fascinating interview with Dr. Lionel Tiger, the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and one of two Research Directors of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Dr. Tiger has spent four decades trying to bridge the gap…
I wonder if people who tag the "anthropology" tag
shizumataka: with crap from Anthropologie even go to the tag page and realize they are tagging it wrong >:( I also wonder if they see the NUMEROUS post like this one complaining about how they are crowding Anthropology with things that are not related to the science. Sometimes I really wish they would rename that store >:( lol The key here is the word “science.”
We do not wag our genitals at one another to make a point– George Bluth- Arrested Development I thought this quote was relevant to evolutionary psychology, and has the added benefit of awesomeness.
The First Law of Thermodynamics
…is you do not talk about thermodynamics. The Second Law of thermodynamics is YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THERMODYNAMICS.
I just got a gift in the mail from somebody that I didn’t expect a gift from. Now, I’m in a Larry David-esque situation, where I know the socially correct thing to do is to reciprocate and buy them a gift, but I always feel kind of threatened into niceness this time of year. Even worse, since it’s nearly Christmas already, it will be difficult to get them a gift in time, so I...
Today is the Winter Solstice! The sun will make its comeback again… I don’t know if that’s good news for Los Angeles or not.
This is but one reason Humanity is shit →
Glee Sucks →
Christopher Hitchens has died
This sucks. His infamous reaction to Jerry Falwell’s death will make his own something to watch. Goodbye Christopher. You have inspired many of us…
What I'm Reading
I started reading Bernard Chapais’ book, Primeval Kinship today. This is a book that does not shrink from the obvious applicability of evolutionary thinking to the questions of social organization in humans. So many anthropologists think that evolution is evil (or at a minimum irrelevant) and I am frankly pretty tired of this attitude. Cultural anthropologists that want to deny human...
So, I have a blog again. I just started as a Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology, and this will be a soundboard for my thoughts about The Big Questions in life, like what are the evolutionary “survivals” that haunt us in the modern world?