Anthropology

Leni Riefenstahl: How A Nazi Film-Maker Became A Feminist Icon

The dancer, actress, director and photographer Helene “Leni” Riefenstahl, who died in 2003, is a controversial character, largely because of the many propaganda movies she produced for the Nazis. So when it was recently announced that her estate would be ...

Article - The Conversation - Apr 28 2018 - 10:00am

You Are Probably A Better Dad Than Your Father Was

In the war for attention, a lot of parents are made to feel like they are not very good if they don't get their child into the right pre-school, buy the right food which lacks the additives it's fashionable to exclude, or spent Quality Time shuff ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 14 2018 - 10:17am

Sexual Harassment In Academia

A few years ago a cultural anthropologist levied a bombastic charge against her own field; using uncontrolled anonymous surveys with undefined terms she claimed almost every woman doing field work had been subjected to sexual harassment or even rape. It go ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 15 2018 - 10:42am

The Predicament Of Diversity: No One Agrees On What It Means

“Diversity” as a concept has a lexical and political value all its own, with a widespread appeal. The problem with that is, however, that no one actually has the same idea of what diversity actually means. There is some consensus that the concept has, ove ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 23 2018 - 2:21pm

The Long Peace- 1945, 1965 Or Just A Statistical Blip?

What accounts for modern peace? There are varying ideas. When America won World War II and occupied Germany and Japan in 1945, two militant cultures were off the table, while psychologist Steven Pinker argues in 2011's "The Better Angels of Our N ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 9 2018 - 9:14am

Selection Bias In Publication? Minorities, Women And Republicans Are All Penalized. But Women Are Improving

A new study using a massive database of scientific articles, 486,644 articles with two to nine authors published in medical journals by U.S. scientists between 1946 and 2009, suggests that minority women are not double penalized by being minorities and wom ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 9 2018 - 3:25pm

Learning About Ancient Diets From Modern British Teeth

British smiles have an unflattering international image, but a new study has put tartar from infamously bad teeth to good use. By analyzing the teeth of Britons from the Iron Age to the modern day they have leveraged a way to use proteins in tooth tartar t ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 18 2018 - 9:23am

It's A Social Media World, But The Real World Is Still Local

Social media is king. It can run pizza chain founders out of their companies, it can be used by anti-science activists to mobilize well-meaning science advocates against other science advocates, but what it can't do is change human nature. And human ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 19 2018 - 10:00am

4 Reasons Communes May Make A Comeback

As lifestyles in the UK have become more stressful and pressurized, people have started to look at alternative ways to live. Some are now seeking out more of a community feel to their home lives, exploring the option of joining an “intentional community”. ...

Article - The Conversation - Aug 21 2018 - 7:00am

Three New Ancient Primates Identified From 46 Million Years Ago- In San Diego

Three new species of fossil primates have been named, residents of San Diego County from a time when southern California was filled with lush tropical forests. The three previously unknown omomyoid primates lived 42 million to 46 million years ago. The res ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 28 2018 - 1:03pm