The Physics Delusion: The Economist reported on the “largest-ever scientific study of [religion]” (their words not mine). The story begins at CERN labs, where scientists are going to use the “Large Hadron Collinder” to find “The God Particle.” The plot meanders for a while, but then things pick up again when the scientists tells a group of undergrads about the ghost of a dead graduate student. [Thanks to Arts & Letters Daily for finding this gem].
Photography without Weeping: The NY Times published this article on the rising trend of poverty tours in major third world cities. [In order to access NYT articles, you need a free account].
The (not so) Secret Lives of Faculty: Another NY Times article- this one on growing trend of faculty profiles on social networking websites. The article talks with faculty who have myspace and facebook profiles as well as some professors who have participated on “Professors Strike Back,” a MTV online forum for faculty to respond to student critiques from the now-infamous ratemyprofessor.com.
National Geographic reported that the world crunch for oil is starting to put more pressure on voluntarily isolated Amazonian indigenous groups.
Speaking of Material Culture… Here is a cute article on Slate about the Death and Life of the Phonebook. The author casually mentions near the end of the first page that there is no scholarly monograph to date on the subject. Any takers?
Deep Play: Casey O’Donnell at Remixing Anthropology asks What would ethnography look like if it were a video game?
Classic Comedy: Who doesn’t love a kitchy t-shirt? Plus, I feel like it’s one of the tamer physical anthropology jokes.
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