Is Transracialism The Next Frontier of Identity Politics?

That girl's so white you could use her to make a fluffer-nutter sandwich.

By now everyone has probably heard about the white NAACP leader who lied for years in order to pass herself off as black. No doubt this emerged from a sincere affection for black culture and causes that ultimately took over her life and caused her to alter her identity. I don’t doubt she thinks of herself [Read More...]

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Are Monkeys Domesticating Wolves?

Gelada baboon, Wikimedia commons

The domestication of the dog was one of the pivotal moments in the development of human civilization. Most likely, wolves gathered by human campfires after a hunt. The humans allowed the wolves to scavenge, which disposed of animal remains and may have served as a deterrent to other predators. Both wolf and human gained from [Read More...]

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A Game for Training Missionaries About Indigenous Cultures

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The World of Playing cards is a terrific site with reproductions of historic cards from around the world. Most recently, they  shared Snapshots: A Missionary Card Game from the Church Mission Society circa 1910. It’s described as a basic set-building game of 48 cards with 12 sets from representing different cultural practices around the world. Each set has four cards, [Read More...]

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Demon Worship on the Man-Eating Mountain

“Outside the mine we are Catholics, and when we enter the mine, we worship the devil.” This jarring quote is found in an excellent story on BBC News about the grim working conditions on Bolivia’s Cerro Rico mountain, where men and boys scratch out a precarious living in the place known as the Mountain That Eats [Read More...]

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The Gell-Mann Effect

Murray Gell-Mann

I miss Michael Crichton. It’s not just that he was a marvelous storyteller who could spot a trend ten years away and turn it into a ripping good yarn, but that he had a clarity and honesty in his writings and speeches about science and society that is sorely needed today. His skeptical approach to [Read More...]

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The Rising (and Fall) of Flappy Bird

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One strange new spectacle of the information age is the accelerating lifespan of fads. Things flash across the web, are seen by millions, and then vanish. The social media drawing game Draw Something was, for a brief time, the biggest game in the world. It was so huge that social gaming powerhouse Zynga paid $200 [Read More...]

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Bombshell Discovery: Million-Year-Old Hominid Footprints in England

The oldest preserved hominid footprints found outside of Africa have been found, and push back the date for a hominid presence in England to almost a million years ago.  I’ll just get out of the way and let the Independent tell you the news: Extraordinary new evidence of Britain’s first human inhabitants has been discovered [Read More...]

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Biblical Archaeology Dig Reports for 2013

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This one is just for the Biblical Archaeology wonks: a listing of all the dig activity conducted in Israel for 2013, with reports on what was uncovered. I covered most of the marquee finds throughout the year, but this listing provides detailed information on everything from Afula to Zippori. [Read more...]

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