Why Exhaustion is Not Unique to Our Overstimulated Age

Marriage A-la-Mode, Plate II, Engraved by Bernard Baron, 1745 / Wellcome Library By Dr. Anna Katharina Schaffner / 07.06.2016 Reader in Comparative Literature University of Kent Is ours the most exhausting age ever? Many sociologists, psychologists and cultural critics argue that the rapid spread of exhaustion syndromes such as depression, stress and burnout are consequences of[…]

It’s Not Easy to Make Landscape a Place: You Have to Feel It

View over Buttermere in Wordsworth’s favoured Lake District, England. Paul Albertella/Flickr By Dr. Fiona Stafford / 11.07.2016 Professor of English Language and Literature University of Oxford There is a big difference between ‘place’ and ‘landscape’, even though the words are often used interchangeably. The original meaning of ‘landscape’ came from 17th-century artistic discourse. It referred to[…]

Why Panpsychism Fails to Solve the Mystery of Consciousness

Consciousness is indeed a hard nut to crack Photo by PIVISO/Flickr By Dr. Keith Frankish / 09.20.2016 Visiting Research Fellow, Open University Adjunct Professor, Brain and Mind Programme, University of Crete Is consciousness everywhere? Is it a basic feature of the Universe, at the very heart of the tiniest subatomic particles? Such an idea – panpsychismas it[…]

The Untold Story of Japan’s First People

Portrait of two Ainu men from Sakhalin, photo by Bronislaw Pilsudski / National Museum of Natural History, National Anthropological Archives, Wikimedia Commons In the 20th century, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to hide the existence of the Indigenous.  Then the Ainu fought back like their cousins, the bears. By Jude Isabella / 10.25.2017 Editor-in-Chief, Hakai Magazine Itek[…]

Mixed Ancestry between Ancient European Farmers and Foragers

Tiny samples taken from ancient European skulls, in a process shown here, yielded enough DNA for researchers to determine that farmers and foragers interbred in three different regions from 8,000 to nearly 4,000 years ago. Genetic evidence shows interbreeding after agriculture arrived from what’s now Turkey. By Bruce Bower / 11.10.2017 Thousands of years ago,[…]