Tony Orlando and Darwin: The New York Times reviewed musicologist Daniel J. Levitin’s new book The World in Six Songs. The mostly positive review takes Levitin to task for “some strange claims” Levitin makes regarding music’s role in human evolution, such as music’s role in mate selection.
Forbes Ultimate Spring Break Guide: I enjoyed reading this diatribe of Forbes rankings of American colleges. The most strident criticism (and justly so) is the consideration Forbes gave towards student evaluations on Rate My Professor, the MTV-owned website where students separate the totally awesome professors from the ones that suck. The author, Patricia McGuire, also makes a good ethnographic observation about the U.S. as of late:
We Americans love our lists, and in the right perspective the list-making game can be much fun —- the AFI top 100 movies of all time; Kasey Kasem’s American Top 40; our favorite snack foods.
HTS Annotated Bibliography: L.L. Wynn and her student, Nikki Kuper, put together a pretty comprehensive list of resources on HTS and Minerva on Culture Matters.
Tie one more onto the Sacred Bundle: The blog Neuroanthropology is celebrating the first PhD in the subdiscipline of the same name.
Reviving the Past: Religious activists in Athens gathered at the Parthenon worshipping in protest of the new museum that will be built at the foot of the Acropolis. The group claims to have performed the first cere mony at the Parthenon celebrating the Greek gods since ancient times. (The New York Times and AP reported on this.)