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Archives for December, 2009

Four Stone Hearth #83 – The Avatar Edition

Welcome to the newest installment of the four field anthropology blog carnival Four Stone Hearth. As the carnival enters into a new decade there were many wonderful voices clamoring for attention. ———————————————————————————————— Cultural Savage Minds offers a few thoughts on the Na’vi from the James Cameron blockbuster Avatar. USC Anthropologist Nancy Lutkehaus discusses her impressions…

Happy Holidays from The Primate Diaries

“Presents Opening Children” / Rob Sheridan

The Shadow of Scientific Opinion

    Wall Street’s shadow in New York City As the education reformer and philosopher John Dewey once stated, “politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.” Unlike other critics of scientific communication, it is my contention that as long as we only address the…

Two Scibling Blogoversaries This Week

Congratulations on four years of blogging to Martin Rundkvist at Aardvarchaeology (he’s also the reigning deity behind Four Stone Hearth) and Abel Pharmboy of Terra Sigillata (who celebrated his yesterday). Here’s to many more!

Four Stone Hearth is Up

The blogosphere’s best (and only) anthropology blog carnival has just been posted at Anthropology in Practice. Krystal has collected together some fascinating posts that are sure to titillate the intellect and get those cultural juices flowing.

Top Posts Over the Last Month

This week may be sporadic as I focus on my graduate work, so here are the top ten posts from November as chosen by readers: #1 – I Am Extremely Terrified of Chinese People, But I’m Not Racist This cracks me up, in more ways than one. #2 – Reciprocity and the Anthropology of Organ…

Sex workers in Denmark have offered free sex in response to Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard’s attempt to discourage prostitution during the COP15 Climate Change Conference. The City Council had postcards delivered to 160 hotels where conference delegates and associates of COP15 would be staying and paid for advertisements in local newspapers that read: ‘Be sustainable:…

The Guardian environment editor John Vidal, who first reported on the “Danish Text” that would seek to eliminate the Kyoto Protocol and allow wealthy nations to maintain double the carbon pollution as poor nations, has filed this report from Copenhagen. The outrage by developing nations was felt again last night as wealthy delegates met secretly…

Darwiniana: Notes on Evolutionary History

“Even the best of modern civilisations appears to me to exhibit a condition of mankind which neither embodies any worthy ideal nor even possesses the merit of stability. I do not hesitate to express the opinion that if there is no hope of a large improvement of the condition of the greater part of the…

The Difference is Jesus

ScienceBlogs has the funniest ads sometimes. This image adorned the right hand side of my screen this morning (maybe now it’s there twice). Intrigued I wanted to know more: Compassion believes it takes more than education, healthcare and social programs to make a difference in the life of a child and help nations escape from…