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Exploring the world with anthropological lens. News, information, commentary, videos about humans in all their differences, issues and complexity.
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Jedi Mind Trick? Brain Thinks It Inhabits Virtual Body

Jedi Mind Trick? Brain Thinks It Inhabits Virtual Body | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
A mental illusion merges a virtual body with a real one.
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Colonial European Settlement Had Positive Effect on Income Today, Study Shows

Colonial European Settlement Had Positive Effect on Income Today, Study Shows | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

" European settlement during the colonial era had a positive effect on today’s per capita income, a study by William Easterly, a professor in NYU’s Department of Economics, and Ross Levine, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, has found.

“Having European settlers who came to a given country during colonial times had a remarkably strong positive effect on average per capita income we observe today,” explained Easterly, who is co-director of NYU’s Development Research Institute. “This effect occurred even when they were a small minority of the population and despite horrific exploitation—dispossession and oppression of the indigenous peoples in North and South America, slavery in Africa, and apartheid in southern Africa.”

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Martin Manley's bequest: reconsider the stigma of suicide | Tauriq Moosa

Martin Manley's bequest: reconsider the stigma of suicide | Tauriq Moosa | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
The man who blogged about his suicide invited us to engage in a rational debate about how we all face end-of-life decisions
A few weeks ago, this was published on a blog, which was soon widely shared:Today is August 15, 2013.
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Physical Anthropology Reconsider

. The aim of this publication is to contribute to the debate about the significance of the physical anthropological collections in museums around the world, taking the Tropenmuseum collection as an example. It is an ordinary collection: no item is specifically contested, nobody has claimed any items, no national juridical or ethical guidelines urge the museum to take action. And yet it is a special collection precisely because these are human remains. For an ethnographical museum they are of no apparent importance. Why were they collected, what was their significance and what is their significance today, who should be regarded as the owner, who have or should have authority to decide about the future, or the final destination of these collections? To the Tropenmuseum, these are questions of great relevance. They can only be answered in a dialogue
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Malaysia bans gig by heavy metal band Lamb of God as blasphemous

Malaysia bans gig by heavy metal band Lamb of God as blasphemous | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Ministry refuses to issue permit to perform on grounds that the band's work could infringe on religious sensitivities Malaysia has barred a performance by the American heavy metal band Lamb of God after Islamic officials said the Grammy-nominated...
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In Ghana, Funerals Have Become Big Business

In Ghana, Funerals Have Become Big Business | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

Benjamin Aidoo has brought his dancing pallbearers to more than 200 funerals in Ghana, easing loved ones to their final resting places to the strains of everything from reggae to gospel music. “Customers say, ‘Papa loved dancing when he was alive, let him dance one more time,’ ” says 27-year-old Aidoo, who charges as much as 800 cedis ($387) a ceremony. “This is a new business where we dance the coffin to the grave instead of marching solemnly,” he says. Aidoo founded his business in 2010 and is now having to turn customers away"

 
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Academic ridiculed by Coalition, says Sydney University vice-chancellor

Academic ridiculed by Coalition, says Sydney University vice-chancellor | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney has told staff he was ''distressed'' to see the work of a renowned philosophy academic from the university unfairly ridiculed by the Coalition as an example of ''ridiculous'' and wasteful government...
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Time to rethink how research should be funded. Indeed money from governments are always "political". We need less government within research and less minister whom supervised such research. We need more transparency in many aspects. 

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Researchers identify major cause of age-related memory loss

Researchers identify major cause of age-related memory loss | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
A team of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers, led by Nobel laureate Eric R.
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Who Uses Social Networks: Age, Race, and Income Breakdown

Who Uses Social Networks: Age, Race, and Income Breakdown | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Social Media - Nearly three-quarters (72%) of online US adults were using social networking sites as of May 2013, up from 67% in late 2012, according to a recent report from the Pew ...
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Mosques tighten their security as attacks follow the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby

Mosques tighten their security as attacks follow the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Islamic population keeps a low profile after the Woolwich killing is exploited by extremists
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NYPD secretly labels mosques as terror groups and spies on them

NYPD secretly labels mosques as terror groups and spies on them | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Confidential police documents uncovered by the AP show at least a dozen terrorism investigations into mosques since 9/11 The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police...
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"Where the fuck do they get their shit from!?": Reality Television, Austerity Politics and Digital Public Sociology

"Where the fuck do they get their shit from!?": Reality Television, Austerity Politics and Digital Public Sociology | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
It was with some trepidation that I found myself  watching Nick and Margaret's We All Pay Your Benefits. This unspeakably contemptible show is presented as an "ambitious experiment" in which Nick H...
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Can You Really Be A 'White Woman of Color'?

Can You Really Be A 'White Woman of Color'? | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Although the two identities seem at opposite ends of the racial spectrum, Ana Cecilia Alvarez’s experience—growing up White in Mexico, but later being seen as a “woman of color” on the basis of her nationality and language once she immigrated to...
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Anti-liberal attempts: between burqa and criticism demonization

Anti-liberal attempts: between burqa and criticism demonization | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the British Parliament debated the ban of a garment, something that the British Parliament had not discussed since Victorian times. This time it was not the length of skirts or sleeves t...
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Neuroscience proves meditation really works - Victoria Times Colonist

Neuroscience proves meditation really works - Victoria Times Colonist | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Victoria Times Colonist
Neuroscience proves meditation really works
Victoria Times Colonist
MINNEAPOLIS — When the Rev. Ron Moor began meditating 30 years ago, he did so in secret.
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Diversity’s new frontier

Diversity’s new frontier | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
It’s time to rethink diversity. Advances in neurological research that are untangling how each of us thinks and solves problems can help organizations operationalize diversity of thought and eventually change how they define and harness human...
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Leadership and Cultural Identity | BITC Diversity - Race for Opportunity

Leadership and Cultural Identity | BITC Diversity - Race for Opportunity | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

BAME women are seen as an 'invisible group' within organisations. Too often they are not represented in any significant way on employer management programmes or bespoke development and leadership initiatives. Pakistani and Bangladeshi women experience some of the lowest levels of employment in the country.This document offers guidance on identifying the common features which are found among successful women leaders and action points for consideration to action workplace change."

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There is a lot to say about this kind of researches, and I will soon in my blog www.marranci.com Yet one of my biggest concerns is the creations of this kind of "gang-labels' such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) (a kind of parallel of the most known LGBT for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transponders). Base research on labels (such as  BAME women) is rather problematic, as other parameters of the research. The issue is manly methodological 

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Brains are made of plastic | BrainFacts.org Blog

Brains are made of plastic | BrainFacts.org Blog | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
RT @NeuroscienceDC: [New Post @Brain_Facts_org] Brains are made of plastic http://t.co/mfEsbiyC3p #neuroscience #physiology #LTP
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Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy

Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Without empathy, human beings are lonely, disconnected creatures.
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Criminalising people who pay for sex won't help anti-trafficking fight, says police chief - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Criminalising people who pay for sex won't help anti-trafficking fight, says police chief - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
The man in charge of tackling human trafficking and organised prostitution in Northern Ireland has come out against proposals to make it an offence to pay for sex here – believing it mi (Nice surprise: N Ireland police chief in charge of...
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C L O S E R: Insight with Leila Ahmed- A Quiet Revolution

Closer Blog: At a time when both Islamist and democratic forces are dramatically changing the Middle East, Leila Ahmed's analysis of the resurgence of the veil from Egypt to Saudi Arabia challenges many assumptions about women's rights and activism.Read...
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Why we need an anthropology beyond good and evil

Why we need an anthropology beyond good and evil | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

As some of you may have noticed, not only has my blog shifted from a specialist focus within the field of anthropology to a more generally anthropological one, but the new name of the blog wishes to challenge how we do anthropology.

Overall my aim now is to push towards a different way of doing anthropology. When I say a different way, I do not mean a ‘new’ way. Indeed, the roots of my attempt have a rather well established pedigree in the field. Yet long years of self-criticism and reflection within the discipline known in the US as ‘cultural anthropology’ have caused many to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak."

 
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Today's pygmy protesters are no heirs to Martin Luther King | Nick Herbert

Today's pygmy protesters are no heirs to Martin Luther King | Nick Herbert | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
From badgers to fracking to Occupy, these anti-democrats are deluded to believe they're courageous rights activists The rhetoric of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech remains electrifying, as tributes this week to the poetic genius of...
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Number of UK attacks involving acid and other corrosive substances soars - Telegraph

Number of UK attacks involving acid and other corrosive substances soars - Telegraph | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
The number of assaults involving acid throwing and other corrosive substances has tripled in six years in England, official records show.
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Obama is all about 'universal rights' - except for Muslims

Obama is all about 'universal rights' - except for Muslims | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Uzma Kolsy: It's time the president acknowledges that systematized discrimination against Muslims is real and thriving
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