Category Archives: Anthropology

Sinister Predjudice


I am right-handed and have always suspended judgement of lefties much as I would a gap between one’s incisors.  I did not know that lefties were routinely excluded from studies much as one would exclude a statistical outlier.  The issue … Continue reading

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LiDAR Sees Ruins Beneath Jungle Cover


Pictures: Massive Maya City Revealed by Lasers Maya City in 3-D Image courtesy University of Central Florida Caracol Archaeological Project Airborne lasers have “stripped” away thick rain forests to reveal new images of an ancient Maya metropolis that’s far bigger … Continue reading

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Cultural Anthropology and Sex: What’s your Pleasure?


ha The Lustful Human Animal: Cultural Differences in Sexual Harm and Consent Jesse Bering, October 6, 2013, A research psychologist’s curious look at human behavior Bronisław Malinowski with Trobriand Islanders, ca. 1918 Most of us are convinced that we excel … Continue reading

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Crack Cocaine and Rational Thinking


When I first saw this article in the NY Times I was intrigued. Although not stated it draws a line between the opiate class of drug addiction and the non-opiates like cocaine and amphetamines.  In my limited experience, addiction to … Continue reading

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The Abandonment of the Mentally Ill


We see them all over, sleeping on benches, hiding in the reeds of river flood plains, mumbling quietly and sometimes not so quietly.  They load their life’s possessions into shopping carts and, despite their number, they are invisible. The worst … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Wretched of the Earth


I am reminded of a book I read long, long ago:  Lanternari’s “The Religions of the Oppressed.”  (http://tinyurl.com/lqzrthu)  Throughout the world runs a theme of transcendence from oppression both spiritually and politically.  Society has always been led by the Big … Continue reading

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Are the Disabled Less than Human?


The western treatment of disabled people is considered enlightened with ramps so that the disabled can shop or travel by bus.  However, this is a limited vision of the needs of the disabled.  This short film deals with another dimension … Continue reading

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