Archives for May, 2007

[More blog entries about history, humour, engineering, catholicism; historia, humor, teknologi, katolicism.] The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is advertising a position as lecturer on the subject of bridge-building, in other words, a Pope.

[More blog entries about archaeology, media, journalism, sciencejournalism; arkeologi, media, journalistik, vetenskapsjournalistik] As mentioned before here on Aard, archaeology is not a single science but innumerable regional disciplines with little relevance to each other. For instance most archaeologists know absolutely nothing about ancient Egypt, simply because most archaeologists do not work in that country. This…

Death of an Imaginary Friend

I am in mourning for a character in Six Feet Under who died on us last night. The fifth season is airing in Sweden. And I mull over the final scene. Did another character turn into Shaggy from Scooby Doo and act as the dead person’s psychopomp on the way to the hereafter? Bizarre, typically…

Autism-Spectrum Skepticism

[More blog entries about skepticism, superstition; skepticism, skepsis, vidskepelse.] I recently found out that some of Sweden’s most influential science journalists like to refer, among themselves, to the Swedish Skeptics Society as “The League of Asperger Patients Against Superstition”. It ain’t pretty, and it ain’t surprising. Skeptics need to learn from this.

Scambaiting

Dear Reader, you have certainly received Nigerian scam e-mail more than once. “It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a surprise. This is because we have not met before but I am inspired to sending you this email by the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to…

Is Psychotherapy Superstition?

[More blog entries about psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, anxiety, depression, parenting; psykologi, psykiatri, psykoterapi, ångest, depression, föräldraskap.] I recently had a book on popular psychology recommended to me and found it absolutely dire. And today’s paper reports that most of Sweden’s university programs for psychotherapists have been found to be substandard and will be closed down…

Early Voyages of Discovery

Here’s something pretty cool recommended by my amateur archaeologist and fellow honorary Chinese buddy Jerry Helliker: The Hakluyt Society. “The Hakluyt Society seeks to advance knowledge and education by the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of voyages, travels and other geographical material. Membership of the Society is strongly recommended to anybody interested in…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The fourteenth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Anthropology 2.0. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology to take you through the night.

Album Review: Dungen, Tio Bitar

Say “Swedish psychedelic rock” to a musically inclined foreigner, and chances are they’ll think of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, an excellent stonesy outfit from Gothenburg. But in New York, a few people who shop at Other Music may think of Dungen instead. Dungen (“the Grove”) combine psychedelic 70s prog rock with Swedish ethno, fiddle…

[More blog entries about archaeology, runes, Minnesota, kensington, middleages; arkeologi, runor, medeltiden, usa.] The Kensington runestone is a 19th century fake from Minnesota. It purports to be a monument left behind by a Scandinavian expedition in the 14th century, but uses anachronistic turns of phrase and runic characters typical of 19th century popular culture. The…