November 19th, 2009

  • xpoox

(no subject)

Hello, I just started studying anthropology and at the moment am writing an quick report on how anthropology is seen as the child of imperialism. I have read many articles etc. which all seems to state this but never really explain HOW or why it is..

I understand that this may sound very stupid or whatever but bare in mind I have never studied anything about this before and I guess I just need some help thinking..in the right direction? In what way did colonialism 'give birth' to anthropology?
"Cover Panda" by Daniel Araujo
  • aimune

Another step in the study of kuru

Gene protects brain-eaters from mad cow-type disease @ Reuters

I remember first learning about the laughing sickness of Papua New Guinea in my Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology class a few years ago. The different studies and theories relating to it interested me. My teacher discussed how linguistic anthropologists were studying surrounding languages to chart a linguistic evolutionary path and better understand how long these people had been separated from others in the region and what practices had changed in that time. She mentioned that one of the theories about the illness had been that the infectious prions were getting directly into the blood streams of those who prepared the brains for consumption if they had any sort of cuts on them during preparation. There were other things, too, and for some reason the discussions stuck with me.

Now it looks like some of the Fore have actually evolved resistance to the disease, which has all sorts of fascinating possibilities associated with it, apart from being further evidence of observable human evolution. This story just made me all excited about these studies again.

Update: Dur, I neglected the New Scientist article I'd loaded earlier and forgot.