Category: Anthropology

Is Human Nature Anti-Nature?

Originally published December 18, 2008 Humans are as much a part of nature as any other species on the planet and while it is permissible to talk about the impact that human populations and culture have had on the planet, the idea that human nature is inherently anti-nature does...

A Brief History of the Mass Media

The history of mass media stretches back beyond the dawns of recorded history to the people that figured out that they could reach a larger audience through painting a picture on a cave wall than just by telling the story to whatever group happened to be present. While these...

Can humans be a part of nature?

How can humans be both a part of nature and apart from nature? What is nature? Is there anything that is not a part of nature? In our modern society we like to classify things as natural or man-made, thus we signify that things made by human beings are...

The History of the World and the Three Religions Which Rule It

I’m extremely bothered by the way we exist. It’s taken me a long time to realize that most people either don’t notice, don’t care, or are too busy trying to make a decent life for themselves or their loved ones to be able to spend time on these things....

Ok Boomer Merchandise – Plus Not a Racist t-shirt

This lovely chart shows just how easy the boomers really had it. They love to tell you how much they struggled, but actually, they don’t know shit about struggle. We’ve created a selection of ‘OK Boomer’ Merchandise for your enjoyment. Our favorite is probably the ‘Suck It Boomer’ hoodie....

Native Americans were cannibals

Of course, just about all people in the world were cannibals at some point. The Hawaiians did it, the Tahitians did it, the Scottish and Germans did it. I’m guessing that the Native Americans did too… Here is an interesting tidbit though that the people who lived in the...

Oddities of Human Nature

As I look at the world, sometimes the things we humans do absolutely stun me. A lifetime of study and a degree in anthropology haven’t made things any less shocking. Here are four examples of bizarre human behavior pulled from the news today. 1)A Connecticut woman who authorities say...

Cave Man caught in Portugal

This story for some reason really has an effect on me. Have a look at it, read it, and then at the bottom, I will makes a few comments… LISBON, Portugal — A fugitive murderer spent 16 years hiding in caves around his home village in northern Portugal before...

How Cooking Makes You a Man

Fun article on the anthropology of cooking from Salon.com Animals of the genus Homo are defined by their little mouths, large guts, big brains — and appetite for bratwurst. This, at least, is the provocative theory of evolution put forth by Dr. Richard Wrangham in his fascinating new book,...

Is this where I'm headed?

Thanks to the Rev for sending me this article and the advice that it is what I can do with my Anthropology degree…actually, it’s not far from what I am doing already. COULD YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT MONEY? MEET THE GUY WHO DOES http://men.style.com/details/features/landing?id=content_9817&mbid=yhp&npu=1...

Facebook Username Landrush On

Not very long ago the facebook username landrush began. What this means is that for the first time, Facebook is making it simpler to point people to your facebook account. Once you pick, that’s all you get. Facebook is restricting new users from picking usernames to prevent new accounts...

The Changing Face of Hostels

Last night was a very different hosteling experience for me than I’ve had. Read this description of this hostel and you might get the idea: Living Lounge, Lisbon’s newest hostel, takes hostel art and traveling life to a whole new level. Each double, single and dorm room at the...

Clown-Jazeera. More guns and bad news.

We the Scary Arab Clowns admit to taking some satisfaction in being right, but the misery that you and your people are going through bring us no joy. With that being said, we wish you peace and equality with the rest of the third world. U.S. unemployment will approach...

Real Moroccan Food- Bayd an Matisha

I admit to being a bit bored in Morocco lately. Sefrou isn’t exactly exciting. But, the surprising thing is that I don’t find myself missing Hawaii even a little bit. I miss my friends of course, but I don’t miss Hawaii or really anywhere else enough to wish I...

What happens to the rubbish in Morocco?

I finally allowed my curiousity to get the better of me and asked Hanane what happens to the Souidi families rubbish when the can is full. Here is her answer. “Well, every year we pay taxes to have the garbage picked up but it never is, so when the...

Morocco jobless rate eases to 9.6 pct in 2008

I thought that since Chris is in Morocco right now it might be interesting to read a little bit about Morocco. Interesting how perspective differs depending on where you live – in Morocco an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent signals an improved economy. In the US, a  7.6% is...

Israeli archeologists find ancient gold coins

It’s a sign… JERUSALEM – Israeli archaeologists said they have unearthed more than 250 gold coins from the seventh century on the edge of Jerusalem’s walled Old City. A British tourist volunteering at the dig discovered the trove on Sunday. Israel’s Antiquities Authority said the Byzantine-period hoard was found...

Obasuteyama

It’s never easy to become old. Whether one is looking for a job at Walmart to supplement social security in the USA or attempting to define one’s self within a new social context in another society, the process of aging is one that comes with a slew of changes,...