Happy New Year to everyone. I wanted to start out 2009 with some entertaining pieces, so that’s the focus of the top of the list. Then it’s some extensive anthropology and the brain, and three really good pieces on evolution at the end.
Top of the List
Alexandre Enkerli, Brewing Tips and Tricks
Some informed advice on homebrewing beer – “brewing wisdom” and experiencing beer in that new way
Jeff Scher, You Won’t Remember This Either
The NY artist shares his latest painted video, this one about his second son as a toddler. Besides being delightful, what I find interesting about it are all the additional images and snippets that pop up around his walking son. It’s an interesting way to think about how culture surrounds a child. Scher’s previous video “All the Wrong Reasons” also sparked some thought for me about culture.
Greg Laden, Fuck this!
Planet Earth – telling it like it really is. Very funny.
Mike Fahey, A Field Guide to Second Life Animal Hybrids
Your anthropomorphic guide to furries, nekos and tinies in the online user-created world of Second Life
Nicholas Kristof, The Evil behind the Smiles
The NY Times columnist brings us face to face with human slavery today
John Hawks, Cultural impedance, demographic growth, effective population size
A great post on why humans have low genetic diversity in comparison to great apes
Haidy Geismar, Materialising the Subject: phenomenological and post-ANT objects in the social sciences
A conference I wish I could attend! But really I highlight this because I think there are all sorts of convergences between the discussion developing through materiality and what we are doing here at Neuroanthropology
Lorenz Khazaleh, What is good applied anthropology?
Antropologi covers how good applied work should be troublesome, and why that can be a problem
Julie Steenhuysen, Many teens display risky behavior on MySpace: study
A study and an article that show the desperate need to ask the anthropological Why? Nope, just they’re doing “risky things” – but why show it off on MySpace?
Robert Worth, Preaching Moderate Islam and Becoming a TV Star
A better view of media, social change, and religion than you normally read
Esteban Salceek, Definí antropología
Esteban discuta la definición de la antropología, empezando con “La antropología es la ciencia de la diferencia humana.”
Vaughan Bell, Acquiring a natural edge
Nature vs. cities – the cognitive benefit goes to Walden Pond
Joe Nocera, Risk Management
Risk managers, the financial bubble, and our sociocultural subjectivity in specific context
Michael Wesch, Participatory Media Literacy: Why it matters
The new social media and the education of how to participate and create in this emerging global culture
Rebecca Skloot, Creature Comforts
Animals other than dogs to help guide the blind, including Panda the miniature horse
Lisa Wynn, SMH offers enculturation argument about topless lust
Men and women and the entraining of our lustful eyes
Greg Laden, The natural basis for gender inequality
The failures of naturalism when speaking of men and women
David Dobbs, Why I’ve Gone Back to Seed – ‘Why I Blog More Happily Now’
The respected journalist has certainly not gone to seed. He’s created a new blog, Neuron Culture, and here are his musings on why he’s done that and why blogging is important
Olivier Morin, Social neuroscience under attack
Cognition and Culture covers the recent paper on the outsized and now challenged correlations seen in social neuroscience. Some good informed discussion.
Jim Schnabel, The Fledgling Science of Consciousness: An Interview with Christof Koch
A Dana Foundation piece on the man with the klab who approaches consciousness as a neuroscientific problem, not just a metaphysical one. For more good stuff by the journalist Jim Schabel, check out his website.
Roni Caryn Rabin, Blood Sugar Control Linked to Memory Decline, Study Says
Faulty blood sugar as we age and the effects on cognitive function
Benedict Carey, Some Protect the Ego by Working on Their Excuses Early
Psyching yourself out before you even get started – the latest considerations. For commentary, see Mind Hacks.
Alisa Miller, 100 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew about the Human Brain
How about #3, “Your skin weighs twice as much as your brain.”
Stuart Elliott, A Neuromarketer on the Frontier of Buyology
A profile of the young scientist Emily Yudofsky and her use of neuroimaging for behavioral science and application, including her own neuromarketing company, Applied Resonance Research
The Economist, Easy as 1, 2, 3
Here’s the tagline: “People come into the world ready to count its wonders.”
Mo Costandi, Monkeys categorize objects in the same way as humans
Higher order visual processing and the categorization of objects
Nature, 15 Evolutionary Gems
The esteemed journal puts together the “15 examples published by Nature over the past decade or so to illustrate the breadth, depth and power of evolutionary thinking.”
Charles McGrath, Four Stakes in the Heart of Intelligent Design
A NY Times review of two new important books on evolution and why intelligent design is, well, crap
Eva Jablonka, Extending Darwinism
“Is there more to heredity, natural selection, and evolution than genes and DNA?” Or how to bring back Lamarck and “soft inheritance” into our scientific picture.