Are We Overcranking the Cat?

By Pamela Merritt / 05.20.2016 We might not realize how fragile our cat’s nervous system really is. Yes, they are magnificent predators with talon-like claws, lots of sharp and pointy teeth, with incredible reflexes. It’s those incredible reflexes. Cats are energy storage devices. If that energy builds up too far, there will be trouble. How[…]

Farming the Poor – Paupers and the Elderly Labored at the Ada County ‘Poor Farm’

By Todd Shallat and Namanny Asmussen There was not enough water and soap in all of Boise to cleanse the stench of the county’s poor farm. So said health inspector J. K. White in his 1915 indictment of Ada County’s indigent care. The dilapidated farm north of Collister Station was “positively unfit for human habitation.”[…]

Dinner with Caligula

Statue of Caligula © Rangpl | Dreamstime.com The mind-boggling extravagance of feasts hosted by Roman emperors depended on an equally mind-boggling maldistribution of wealth By Christine Baumgarthuber Austerity Kitchen Images from The Lives of the Roman Emperors and Their Associates (1883) In the year 39 CE, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, then just two years[…]

Lawmakers Rebuke Library of Congress Over Dropping “Illegal Alien” Language

U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. By Julián Aguilar Three Texas Republicans in Washington have chastised the U.S. Library of Congress for eliminating the terms “illegal aliens” and “alien” from its search and subject heading classifications. In a letter dated May 19 to acting librarian David S. Mao, U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith of San Antonio and[…]

Kant v. Hume on the Morality of Suicide

Death of Socrates / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Massimo Pigliucci Professor of Philosophy City College of New York Albert Camus famously wrote that “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.” It’s more than a slight exaggeration (well, there’s existentialism for ya!), but the phrase came to mind during a recent[…]

Social Media as Masochism

By Rob Horning / 05.15.2016 When I read anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll’s book on gambling, Addiction by Design, it started me thinking of how machine gambling works as an analogue for social media: Both facilitate an escapism through engagement, an immersion in immediate risk-taking routines that obscures the larger existential crises. (A lot more about that in this post.)[…]

Holy Land: Zionism from the Dirt

Zionism excavates its secular justification from the Jerusalem dirt By Molly Oringer Doctoral Student in Cultural Anthropology UCLA Recent articles and analyses of Jerusalem’s ever-changing landscape have suggested that archaeological digs, sponsored by government agencies, are replacing state security apparatuses, substituting exhibits and visitors centers for walls, fences, and checkpoints. In the wake of the[…]

Catching Metastatic Cancer Cells Before They Grow Into Tumors: A New Implant Shows Promise

These tiny implants can attract and capture cancer cells. Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering   By Dr. Rachel M. Dudek and Dr. Lonnie Shea Dudek – Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioengineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Shea – Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor “Cure” is a word that’s dominated the rhetoric[…]

Abandoning Doubt & Denial, School District Officially Embraces Climate Literacy

The Portland, Oregon school district’s commitment to rid itself of text materials that encourage students to doubt the severity of the climate crisis or its roots in human activity was prompted by the school district’s long use of materials that do just that. (Image: Patheos.com) Portland, Oregon schools call for climate justice and student activism[…]

Another Link Between Archaeology and Anthropology: Virtual Anthropology

By Dr. Gerhard W. Weber Professor of Anthropology University of Vienna Elsevier Journals Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 1:1 (2014) Abstract Archaeology and biological anthropology share research interests and numerous methods for field work. Both profit from collaborative work and diffusion of know-how. The last two decades have seen a technical revolution in[…]

Populism – The Eternal Ideology

Marine Le Pen’s Front National have become a major political player in France. PA images/Kamil Zihnioglu. All rights reserved. Populism – once associated mainly with Latin America – is now part of the political mainstream in western and eastern Europe. What’s behind this surge?   By Dr. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser (left) and Dr. Kirk A.[…]

Law: Changes In and Growth of Jurisprudence After the Middle Ages

Brian Turner on Flickr, under Creative Commons By Dr. Martin Otto Professor of Law and Legal History FernUniversität in Hagen Translated by: Andrew Smith Editor: Barbara Dölemeyer Copy Editor: Lisa Landes Abstract The medieval mind was unable to differentiate between temporal and spiritual law. Law was conceived as a unitary precept with a religious-metaphysical foundation.[…]