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27th-Jan-2008 09:49 pm - Earliest documented human being
Hi,

I have been searching since two days to find out who the earliest documented human being on planet earth was. Since Sumer and Egypt civilizations seem to have the earliest documented writings, I tried to research the lineage of Kings in both the civilizations from Wikipedia, with the logic that the ruler would have the highest probability of being documented than anyone else in the civilization . I found that Sumer writings about early kings are absurd (the first king apparently ruled for 28,800 years !), and there are confusions about the first Egyptian king (Pharaoh). The relevant links are
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumerian_king_list
2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earliest_documented_people
3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesilim
4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narmer

Narmer seems to be pretty well documented and there seem to be plenty of documents and artifacts supporting his existence and Narmer can be considered as a lower bound (3100 B.C.). We should now look for anyone older than this...And of course, I really doubt the authenticity of these articles. I also got to know that the earliest Hieroglyphics contain names of people. So does anyone know about the first name/historic personality documented in hieroglyphs/cuneiform ? I want to know the first person who is historic (i.e., actually existed) and his/her name was documented and the document deciphered and currently available.
21st-Mar-2006 10:38 am - Upwardly gothic
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By Denise Winterman BBC News Magazine

Behind the black hair dye and white make-up goths are simply art lovers, who aspire to middle-class values, says a new study. Is that right?

The moment their teenage son or daughter dyes their hair black and starts getting creative with eyeliner can be a nightmare for parents. But a report suggests it should be a time for celebration.

Goths are likely to grow up to be doctors, lawyers or architects, the study by Sussex University says.

They are refined and sensitive, keen on poetry and books, not big on drugs or anti-social behaviour. They are also likely to carry on being goths into their adult life.

They have an ability to express their feelings and are believers in romance rather than one-night stands, it says. In fact, the only things dark about them are their clothing and their sarcastic sense of humour.

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21st-Nov-2005 01:18 pm - BBC Discovery: violent personality
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This week in Discovery - Dr Raj Persaud looks at some of the risks that lead to a violent personality.

Is it genetic, environmental or hormonal or a toxic mix of all those factors?

For the Science of Aggression a nervous Raj has his testosterone levels measured - but perhaps a better predictor of how aggressive someone is going to be is linked to the levels of hormones in the womb.

And he opens the age old debate of nature versus nurture - what clues does it give us to reform the most violent members of society?

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Americans are assertive, Italians are very passionate, and Germans are the picture of efficiency.

Right?

Such national stereotypes are common, but they are highly mistaken, a new study shows.

There's an old joke that goes something like this: How do you get three Canadians out of a swimming pool? The answer: You ask them. "Meaning they'll do what they're told," says researcher Robert McCrae, a psychologist at the National Institute of Aging.

Yet the stereotypes of Americans as assertive and Canadians as submissive are illusions, McCrae said. Both groups scored almost identically on measures of assertiveness in the study.

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Original article: http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/051006_nat_stereotypes.html
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Study shows that real personalities don’t match national stereotypes

By Kathleen Wren Science

WASHINGTON - “Heaven is where the police are English, the cooks are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and everything is organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the cooks are English, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and everything is organized by the Italians.”

Obviously the national stereotypes in this old joke are generalizations, but such stereotypes are often said to “exist for a reason.” Is there actually a sliver of truth in them? Not likely, an international research team now says.

The study, which compares “typical” personalities in many cultures with the personalities of real individuals from those cultures, appears in Friday's issue of the journal Science, published by AAAS, the nonprofit science society.

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