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Is Anthropology Ethnocentric?

When the few colonial subjects of India, Africa, and the Caribbean went to British Empire London they found a world foreign and barbaric. These English people placed a magical belief in an old woman who was their demigod, paper and shiny coins were imbued with the ability to command; these peoples kept a popular delusion,… [Read more]

Why Sport Is Always Unfair

Gattaca came out in 1997. It is a movie about eugenics. The name Gattaca is a remixed word of the D.N.A bases guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine. The main character, Vincent, is born naturally, lacking the (by-then) routine personality editing all babies undergo. He struggles to compete in society because he needs contact lenses, and… [Read more]

Why Read Literary Fiction?

“I know more than I can express in words and the little I can express would not have been expressed had I not known more.” Vladimir Nabokov, Strong Opinions The reading age of an average adult in the UK is 13. The UK Literacy Trust says so. That’s the competence of a year nine, a… [Read more]

On “It’s so bad, that it’s good” Art

Good versus bad art is a dichotomy, that need not be played off against one another. But we all do play them off against each other in practice: in how we choose to exhibit or not exhibit pieces and how we spend institutional funding, taxes, and our time. A sense of worthwhile, memorable, pleasurable, meaningful,… [Read more]

Pleasure Videos and ASMR

The first time you felt the tingles, you never thought it was strange. At the time, tingles to you just meant some pleasant albeit peculiar sensation related to puberty. You had asked before if others felt hormones going up and down their legs, or as most often happens, down the cranium to the shins in… [Read more]

Playlist: A Brief History of British Rock

We have read about the the neuroscience of music and researched the songs that inspired The Beatles’ success. Now here is a brief, and happily biased, history of brilliant British rock. From the 60s British invasion bands The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Kinks, to psychedelic, Peter Green blues, to glam, progressive, punk, heavy metal,… [Read more]

14 Reasons To Leave The Internet

Live a year without the internet. Is that even possible, now? As happy as we are to speak of freedom, for you the idea of freeing yourself from your tendril of the world wide web, your phone, or your learned self-ambitions is no idea at all — no ‘choice’ at all. This is because, most often, people… [Read more]

When Did We Start ‘Having Sex’?

One of the most interesting discoveries from reading about medieval sexuality is how sex is discussed, then and now. While colloquially some say dirty (dirty = out of place) words like ‘bang’, ‘pound’, and ‘fuck’ as verbs one subject does to an object, nowadays we say we have sex or make love. Sex with two… [Read more]

The Neuroscience of Music

Following on from my post about the oldest song in History, I have mined This Is Your Brain On Music by the cognitive neuroscientist, music producer and musician Daniel J. Levitin. I have made a playlist of all the relevant songs he uses which can be listened to for free here. I made it because… [Read more]

This Is The Oldest Song In History

This is the oldest song in existence that you can hear reconstructed now. It was written by a grieving musician named Seikilos 2000 years ago, and composed in honour of a dead loved one. 2000 years ago means it could well be from the time of Jesus but is probably from 200 years after his… [Read more]

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