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Evolution: Library: The Biology of Skin Color: Black and White

Evolution: Library: The Biology of Skin Color: Black and White | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, while at the university of Western Australia, anthropologist Nina Jablonski was asked to give a lecture on human skin. As an expert in primate evolution, she decided to discuss the evolution of skin color, but when she went through the literature on the subject she was dismayed. Some theories advanced before the 1970s tended to be racist, and others were less than convincing. White skin, for example, was reported to be more resistant to cold weather, although groups like the Inuit are both dark and particularly resistant to cold. After the 1970s, when researchers were presumably more aware of the controversy such studies could kick up, there was very little work at all. "It's one of these things everybody notices," Jablonski says, "but nobody wants to talk about."

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Shamanism - Other Worlds - Ayahuasca Documentary ...

Shamanism - Other Worlds - Ayahuasca Documentary ... | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Shamanism - Other Worlds - Ayahuasca Documentary is a documentary that follows several westerners as they undergo five Ayahuasca ceremonies and experience the gamut of emotions - from utter fear to outright ecstasy.
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On 2012

On 2012 | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Over the last few years, 2012 has become this thing, this concept loaded with cultural speculation and a touch of doomsday hysteria. I'm not sure when exactly (Great blog post by Katie from Empowering Astrology on what we can expect from 2012.
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Project conserves thousands of ancient clay tablets

Project conserves thousands of ancient clay tablets | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
In the basement of Harvard’s Semitic Museum, Alex Douglas looked at the pieces of baked clay in front of him, teasing out how they fit together into a small tablet, thousands of years old and marked with ancient cuneiform writing.  Adam Aja, an...
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How the European conquest affected Native Americans

How the European conquest affected Native Americans | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Researchers from Germany and the United States suggest that the European conquest triggered the loss of more than half the Native American population.
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Scientists discover new clue to chemical origins of life

Scientists discover new clue to chemical origins of life | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Organic chemists at the University of York have made a significant advance towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates (sugars) that form the building blocks of life.  A team led by Dr Paul Clarke in the Department of Chemistry at York has...
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Neanderthals engineered stone tools

Neanderthals engineered stone tools | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
New published research from anthropologists at the University of Kent supports the long-held theory that early human ancestors across Africa, Western Asia and Europe engineered their stone tools.
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The first evidence of writing | Webmaster Articles

Mesopotamia was an ancient region that existed primarily in what is now Iraq, and is recognized for its role in the development of the first literate societies. Though its borders were loosely defined, central Mesopotamia lay ...
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Compared to Western Diagnosis | 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Compared to Western Diagnosis |  | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches treatment and diagnosis differently from the Western medical establishment in many areas.
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Women in Ancient Egypt; Female Priests

A comprehensive site on ancient Egyptian religion & mythology. It features articles about over 60 gods and goddesses, symbols, temple life, priesthood, rituals and myths. Also articles about egyptian culture and history of women.
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Why Birds Sing

Why Birds Sing | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Inspired by musician and eco-philosopher David Rothenberg’s book of the same title, this documentary explores the intriguing, charming, complex and often conflicting theories on why birds sing like they do and why humans are so attracted to the...
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HEKA: Egyptian Magick

HEKA: Egyptian Magick | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Egypt has long been considered a land of mystery and magic. This has led some commentators, ancient and modern, to brand the Egyptians as an irrational, morbid and superstitious race.
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Powerful people feel taller than they are

Powerful people feel taller than they are | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
After the huge 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the chairman of BP referred to the victims of the spill as the "small people." He explained it as awkward word choice by a non-native speaker of English, but the authors of a new paper published...
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Skin color: Handy tool for teaching evolution?

Skin color: Handy tool for teaching evolution? | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Variations in skin color provide one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body and should be used to teach evolution in schools, according to an anthropologist.
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Fireworks send Beijing air pollution soaring

Fireworks send Beijing air pollution soaring | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
(AP) -- Clouds of smoke from Lunar New Year fireworks sent air pollution in Beijing soaring under a new more sensitive measurement system, reports said Sunday.
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COP-17: Bolivia’s forest proposal gets little attention

COP-17: Bolivia’s forest proposal gets little attention | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Bolivia has tabled a new proposal on forest conservation, but has so far been disappointed by the lack of attention from other negotiators for full story see http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=160224...
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Siberian dog skull is 33,000 yrs old

Siberian dog skull is 33,000 yrs old | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
A 33,000-year-old dog skull unearthed in a Siberian mountain cave presents some of the oldest known evidence of dog domestication and, together with an equally ancient find in a cave in Belgium, indicates that modern dogs may be descended from...
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Construction workers find Maya artifacts under street In Belize

Construction workers find Maya artifacts under street In Belize | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Construction workers laying new pipes and cables on Burns Avenue in San Ignacio in western Belize have stumbled upon a cache of Maya artifacts dating back more than 2 thousand years. 
Maya vessel unearthed from Burns Avenue in San Ignacio, Belize.
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Neanderthals used ochre much earlier than previously thought

Neanderthals used ochre much earlier than previously thought | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered evidences that show Neanderthals were using red paint up to 250,000 years ago - thousands of years earlier than previously thought.  Traces of the paint, made from ochre, were dug up in the Netherlands and dated to a...
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Tao-Te Ching: Expressions of Consciousness

Tao-Te Ching: Expressions of Consciousness | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
The Tao-te Ching, a classic of the literature of enlightenment, expresses the same reality of life as the Vedic literature of India. Speaker: Dr. Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management.
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Anthropology News - American Anthropological Association Photo Winners 2011

Anthropology News - American Anthropological Association Photo Winners 2011 | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
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Climate and body composition

In the 19th century, two “ecogeographical rules” were proposed hypothesizing associations of climate with mammalian body size and proportions. Data on human body weight and relative leg length support these rules; however, it is unknown whether such associations are attributable to lean tissue (the heat-producing component) or fat (energy stores).

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For most Mexicans, the digital age is still out of reach

For most Mexicans, the digital age is still out of reach | Cultural Worldviews | Scoop.it
Israel Vasquez, 12, has no computer or Internet access at home, but he needs both to do his homework.
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Taking moments to enjoy life helps patients make better health decisions

The experience of daily positive affect -- a mild, happy feeling -- and self-affirmation helps some patients with chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and asthma, make better decisions about their health.
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