Savage Minds Around the Web

Ah, ’tis the season to be piled high and deep. Hmm, no, that’s pretty much every season.  Ah hell, here are a few things found ’round the web.

Manthropology (stop giggling): It’s late, and I have so many manthropological jokes.    But I digress, much like modern man, according to this book review from Reuters.  Over at, they review this plus another new book, Darwin Lives! (Think of it as the “Young Frankentein” take on human evolution).

Lorenz at interviews Dai Cooper, the student who released “The Anthropology Song” on youtube.  Lorenz asked Dai whether she was going to hit the conference circuit.  Her response:

Hah actually several people have suggested that by now. I’d be super flattered if that happened! I did actually offer to play it at the AAA conference in December, it was half-joking, because I don’t think they’d take me up on it – but I’d just love to share the song and the sentiments behind it with anyone who likes it. It makes me happy.

And Lorenz updated his post–Cooper was invited to perform at AAAs!

Metaconfusion: What do you get when you take faceless data-recognizing software and set it loose on the internet doing the thankless job once performed by an army of unrecognized bibliographers?  A good joke, for starters.  Stephen Chrisomalis at Glossographia explains.

Ok, that’s all I got.  In the mean time, I suggest we hold a competition for the best manthropology joke in the comments section.

5 thoughts on “Savage Minds Around the Web

  1. That neologism is terrible. While you write that you have a lot of manthropology jokes, I’ve got nothing. ruysbroek’s joke was pretty good. though.

  2. I don’t get it. What I get from the reuters’ article is that the main argument of Mc Allister’ book is that if you do not exercise, you won’t be a great athlete. Is that the great discovery ?

    Or is the argument that the lack of exercise is putting an evolutive pressure towards physical weakness ? It looks like lamarckism, doesn’t it ?

    We are told that before the industrial revolution, people had better bones. Should I really believe that this is because of a genetical evolution process ?

    And where exactly in the theory do the Tutsi young men fit ?

    What I get from the reuters’ review is a very, very bad feeling about this book.

  3. i used the term mancestor on an intro to cultural anthropology syllabus to refer to “old, white, male anthropologists” (as in: Please read closely, even if your first instinct is to dismiss the authors we are reading as a bunch of mancestors with nothing to offer us today). it recently gained currency across disciplines when a friend deployed it in a speech welcoming the new cohort of english doctoral students. also, at my university we have a hall with portraits of famous anthropologists who have graduated from our department. we fondly call it “the hall of mancestors.”

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