Category Archives: Anthropology

New UC Berkeley classes on iTunes

The new spring semester UC Berkeley classes are up on iTunesU, and you can see them on the webcast.Berkeley site if you click here. A few old friends are back. Principles of Economics, J. Bradford DeLong (iTunes, course website) DeLong … Continue reading

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New UCLA and UCSD classes start March 28

Spring quarter is almost upon us, and the new roster of course podcasts is up at UCLA and UC San Diego. A few of my favorite professors slated to teach during the upcoming term.  Archaeologist Tara Carter, who presented UCSD’s … Continue reading

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A great anthropology class returns

If you missed UCSD anthropologist Tara Carter’s great fall 2009 class Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization (audio), you’re still in luck. University of California, San Diego removes most of its course podcasts at the end of each academic term, … Continue reading

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Studying cognition in the wild

Psychologists who want to understand how people think usually conduct experiments in a lab, but UCSD cognitive scientist and anthropologist Edwin Hutchins has a different method. He has spent his career studying how people think in social groups in the … Continue reading

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Nature vs nurture, southern style

Culture shapes our lives in deep and often surprisingly intimate ways. That is the take-home lesson of this lecture in UCLA anthropologist Robert Boyd’s class Models of Cultural Evolution (feed), in which Boyd discusses the “culture of honor” in the … Continue reading

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Reading Homer as an anthropologist

What happens when you stop thinking of the Iliad as a work of fiction but instead see it as a primary text to help explain an ancient society? That’s what archaeologist Tara Carter does in lecture 21 and lecture 22 … Continue reading

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Why we stopped foraging and started farming

The invention of agriculture was probably the most important change in human history but scholars argue about why it happened, and propose three main conflicting theories. These theories, and the difficulties in domesticating plants and animals are the subjects of … Continue reading

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Two great new anthropology classes

MMW1 Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization (feed), Tara Carter, UC San Diego. UCSD is presenting three different versions of this course, but Carter’s is my hands-down favorite. She relates the story of hominid evolution and the birth of social … Continue reading

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Taming technology

What should we do when a technology might be spreading too fast? Consider nano-silver, an antimicrobial compound that some fear might be damaging to many kinds of living cells. What happens if nano-silver gets into our waterways and oceans before … Continue reading

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Introduction to Biological Anthropology

UC Berkeley neurobiologist Terrence Deacon gives a rousing grand finale to his spring 2009 course Introduction to Biological Anthropology (iTunes). The final three lectures explore the ways that our bodies and minds have been shaped by evolution, sometimes in ways … Continue reading

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