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Contemporary folklore in the digital age - Emma Louise Backes, Oct 2014
"Contemporary folklore can be found within geek enclaves and hubs, such as video games and Internet urban legends"
"One of the most interesting elements of digital folklore is the creation of Internet urban legends"
TheGeekAnthropologist  folklore  stories  anthropology 
2 days ago by pierredv
BBC - Future - How modern life is transforming the human skeleton
What the scientists found was striking. The spike was far more prevalent than they had expected, and also a lot more common in the youngest age group: one in four people aged 18-30 had the growth. Why could this be? And should we be concerned?

Shahar thinks the spike explosion is down to modern technology, particularly our recent obsession with smartphones and tablets. As we hunch over them, we crane our necks and hold our heads forward. This is problematic, because the average head weighs around 10 pounds (4.5 kg) – about as much as a large watermelon.
modernity  isms  anthropology 
10 days ago by janedotx
Book Review: The Secret Of Our Success | Slate Star Codex
These explorers had many advantages over our hominid ancestors. For one thing, their exploration parties were made up entirely of strong young men in their prime, with no need to support women, children, or the elderly. They were often selected for their education and intelligence. Many of them were from Victorian Britain, one of the most successful civilizations in history, full of geniuses like Darwin and Galton. Most of them had some past experience with wilderness craft and survival. But despite their big brains, when faced with the task our big brains supposedly evolved for – figuring out how to do hunting and gathering in a wilderness environment – they failed pathetically.

Nor is it surprising that they failed. Hunting and gathering is actually really hard. Here’s Henrich’s description of how the Inuit hunt seals:
the money quote:
"Rationalists always wonder: how come people aren’t more rational? How come you can prove a thousand times, using Facts and Logic, that something is stupid, and yet people will still keep doing it?

Henrich hints at an answer: for basically all of history, using reason would get you killed."
anthropology  book  review  culture  sociology  knowledge-management  esoteric 
11 days ago by kmt

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