Kennewick Man Will be Reburied, But Quandaries Around Human Remains Won’t

This clay facial reconstruction of Kennewick Man, carefully sculpted around the morphological features of his skull, suggests how he may have looked alive nearly 9,000 years ago. Brittney Tatchell, Smithsonian Institution By Dr. Samuel Redman Assistant Professor of History University of Massachusetts Amherst A mysterious set of 9,000-year-old bones, unearthed nearly 20 years ago in[…]

Enlightenment Philosophy

The King’s Library / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Peter Jones Professor of History University of Birmingham, UK Abstract The term “enlightenment”, as a noun or adjective, has been widely used by 20th-century historians to cover a multitude of ideas and activities in the 18th century, many of which were quite unknown to their contemporaries. The[…]

The Full History Of Board Games

The Royal Game of Ur 2600 BC By Peter Attia DiceyGoblin Within the past few years board games have gone through an explosion of growth. In 2012 The Guardian went as far as dubbing it “A Golden Age for Board Games”, stating board games have seen a growth rate as high as 40% year over[…]

U.S. Settler-Colonialism and Genocide Policies against Native Americans

Mass Grave at Wounded Knee / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Historian US policies and actions related to Indigenous peoples, though often termed “racist” or “discriminatory,” are rarely depicted as what they are: classic cases of imperialism and a particular form of colonialism—settler colonialism. As anthropologist Patrick Wolfe writes, “The question of genocide is[…]

Legendary Reporter Morley Safer Dead at 84

CBS News Correspondent and 60 Minutes Anchor Morley Safer, 11.08.1931 – 05.19.2016 / Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.19.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Sad news on the journalism front today as Morley Safer, a long-time correspondent for CBS News and anchor on 60 Minutes, passed away just one week after his retirement at the age[…]

Goethe’s Theory of Colors Between the Ancient Philosophy, Middle Ages Occultism and Modern Science

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832 / Wikimedia Commons   By Dr. Victor Barsan and Dr. Andrei Merticariu Abstract Goethe’s rejection of Newton’s theory of colors is an interesting example of the vulnerability of the human mind—however brilliant it might be—to fanaticism. After an analysis of Goethe’s persistent fascination with magic and occultism, of his education,[…]

Inequality – Any Hope for Change?

By Dr. Robert A. Levine, M.D. In January 2016, Oxfam reported a major increase in global inequality, with just sixty-two people owning as much wealth as 3.5 billion people in the lower half of the world’s income scale. Inequality is inherent in capitalism, where those who are smarter or were born into the right family[…]