Introduction To (Teacher’s Fears)

I complained to Adele that I am nervous before class. The thought of walking into the cage of tigers would not have been so daunting as the thought of walking in class full of twenty-year-old Texans.

And Adele–she is from Mexico, so she shares a kind of foreigner-in-the-US sensibilities with me–took a pause and then said: “Let me show you something.”

She opened a drawer of her desk with a key, and produced to the light a tiny bottles with drops. “Every time I have to do teaching, I drink this. Six drops every time.”

It was a grass-on-spirit hellish concoction to help one calm down.

She was standing in front of me, pressing this bottle to her chest, saying: “We are too hard on ourselves.” Her nails were of wonderful mauve.

At that moment Adele looked like a girl, and one could not really tell that she did some fantastic things, like convincing UNESCO to grant to certain people a status of extinguishing ethnic group or something.

To study how much self-deception affects one’s sense of humor, Robert Lynch– full-time anthropologist, part-time stand-up comedian – showed a group of college students a Bill Burr routine and ran their reactions through FACS(Facial Action Coding System) to see whether their laughs were genuine.

Sure, that sounds awkward, but at least he didn’t hit play on his own-stand up routine and then stand there, right in front of them, watching the truth-o-meter. Lynch found that those more likely to practice self-deception were also less likely to genuinely laugh.

That’s not to say they didn’t laugh – their laughs simply weren’t genuine. Some research posits that we laugh to affirm we’re part of a group, so a person who has no qualms about lying to themselves won’t hesitate to fake a laugh here and there. To spot the difference, researchers look for something called a Duchenne smile – an involuntary and genuine smile that happens when both the mouth and the eyes are in on the joke.

Jokes You Didn’t Know Were Indicators Of Mental Illness

anonymous asked:

Could I have Axis + Prussia, China, and or Russia on an S/O that is a cultural Anthropologist (which is someone who studies and (in my opinion) loves Cultures)?

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to complete this but i was literally killing myself thinking over this one so I’ll just post what I have. I’m sorry sweetheart. (Probably fucked it up too)


He’d be interested and would talk to his s/o about their studies. If allowed he’d like to take them on a tour of Germany and show them it’s food, art and various other things.

North Italy:

Italy would get extremely excited and would take it as an invitation to take them on a tour of Italy. He would talk about Italy’s art and religion and everything in between. He would so cute babbling on about it.


He would be fascinated about their studies and would like to teach them about Japan. He’d take them to shrines, tea ceremonies and ahem maid cafes. 

When I explain cultural misappropriation to children, I use the example of The Nightmare Before Christmas.  

It’s effective because especially for children, who don’t have enough historical context to understand much of the concept, you can still fully grasp the idea.  

There was nothing wrong with Jack seeing the beauty and differences in Christmas town, it’s when he tried to take what is unique about Christmas town away from those it originally belonged to without understanding the full context of Christmas things is when everything went wrong.

When Jack tries to get the folk of Halloween town to make Christmas gifts for children, etc., children understand that the Halloween town folk do not have the full context for the objects they are making, and they are able to see that the direct repercussions and consequences are very harmful.

Another illustration for my women in science series. Jane Goodall is a primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist and is the worlds top expert on chimpanzees.

Get one here at:

I don’t have any idea of who or what God is.  But I do believe in some great spiritual power.  I don’t know what to call it.  I feel it particularly when I’m out in nature.  It’s just something that’s bigger and stronger than what I am or what anybody is.  I feel it.  And it’s enough for me.

Happy Birthday, Margaret Mead!

Margaret Mead was born December 16, 1901, and this year marks the 90th anniversary of her trip to Samoa. The fieldwork Mead completed there led to her seminal book Coming of Age in Samoa, which helped establish her as the most famous American anthropologist in her lifetime. Read more from Mead’s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson on our blog and check out our series of Mead’s work here.


Figure 1) Diagram showing the seventeen cranial suture sites.

Figure 2) Table demonstrating Meindl and Lovejoy (1985)’s composite scores of the sutures on the vault and lateral-anterior, respectively, in relation to mean chronological age.

Quick Tips: How To Estimate The Chronological Age Of A Human Skeleton – Cranial Suture Closure Method.

This is the 4th blog post in this Quick Tips series on chronologically dating human skeletal remains, if you haven’t read the first post click here to start at the beginning. In my previous blog post I introduced the method of chronologically dating sub-adults using dentition, you can find out this information by clicking here.

Another method of chronologically aging human skeletal remains is by observing the cranial suture closure sites. The human skull has seventeen unique cranial fusion sites (Figure 1), that are positioned on the vault, the lateral-anterior sites, and the maxillary suture

Click here to read the full blog post and learn the 17 suture points on All Things AAFS!

Dr Cheikh Anta Diop

 “Most of the ideas we call foreign are oftentimes nothing but mixed up, reversed, modified, elaborated images of the creations of our African ancestors, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, dialectics, the theory of being, the exact sciences, arithmetic, geometry, mechanical engineering, astronomy, medicine, literature (novel, poetry, drama), architecture, the arts, etc.,” Diop put forth in Civilization or Barbarism. He argued specifically that Aristotelian metaphysics, the Pythagorean theorem, the concept of pi, Platonic cosmogony, and other commonly believed Greek creations actually were developed in ancient Egypt. “Consequently, no thought, no ideology is, in essence, foreign to Africa, which was their birthplace.