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A new report by the U.K.-based human rights group Global Witness has determined that 2015 was the deadliest year yet recorded for environmental rights activists around the world. Of the 185 killings in 16 countries, nearly 40% were indigneous people.
"Rapacious companies, many of them from the mining or
agribusiness sectors, are encroaching more and more onto
indigenous land rich in untapped natural resources. Until
recently these remote areas may have been out of reach but,
as commodity prices fall, companies are taking greater risks
to secure larger profits."
Report here [pdf]: http://bit.ly/28LCfUL Review here: http://j.mp/28M7nIA
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During the Depression, the historically black Tuskegee University invited scientists to come to campus once a year and measure students’ bodies and faces. Tuskegee President Booker T. Washington ex...
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Work and live in Canada permanently, for more info, send email to the HR, Suncor Energy, Dianaantwi17@gmail.com 
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We are obsessed with penis and testicle size. But for a penis to be somewhat useful it has to be correlated to vagina size.
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A baby has to squeeze through it. Isn't that enough?
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A recent study in the Netherlands found that natural selection favors taller men — but under closer examination, the effect doesn\'t stand so tall.
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The biological concept of race is obsolete. Most groups have mixed "continental ancestry."
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It just comes down to groups. Race cannot be defined scientifically.
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Robert Axelrod was awarded the 2014 National Medal of Science today. I interviewed him about the evolution of cooperation, his memories of biologist W.D. Hamilton, and how we can promote cooperation in world affairs.
Why do we choose to cooperate and how can we promote greater cooperation in world affairs? These are the questions that Robert Axelrod has pursued for more than 40 years. His career has been an interdisciplinary exploration that has encompassed mathematics, political science, and evolutionary ...
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Monogamy, polyandry, polygyny, sexual hookups, serial monogamy, non-monogamy? More like all of the above.
Asking what “the” human mating pattern is, is like asking what “the” human diet is. As true omnivores, humans can eat organisms from nearly every branch of life. Our sexuality is much the same.
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The fact that multiple mating strategies do occur doesn't make us necessarily omnivores. The article overlooks one crucial point: social organisation and raising the offspring. Without considering those there is no way human tendencies can be explained. 
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How did +Diane Kelly  spend #DarwinDay? Dissecting crayfish with third-graders. Her first post for the Social Evolution Forum: http://j.mp/1PL76lA 
It’s early on a Friday morning, and I’m standing in front of a crowd of eight-year-olds holding a fistful of dead crayfish.
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Edward Drinker Cope wasn’t exactly the most even-keeled of paleontologists. The great “Bone Wars” that sparked a race to uncover America’s prehistory required the enmity of …
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The Most Perverse Story to Justify Inequality - Evonomics
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A thorough examination of the monkeys that have been on the front lines in the war on terror. Was their suffering justified?
The animals have been exposed to deadly pathogens, chemicals, and radiation so that scientists can develop medicines to protect Americans from weapons of mass destruction. Was all this suffering re...
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God is an evolved organizational strategy that made people think they were being watched: http://j.mp/1MRil7U  
Punitive Big Brother; cosmic petty-thief-catcher; vigilant landlord. Why is God so interested in bad behaviour?
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Anthropologist Benjamin Grant Purzycki seems to search for a universal direct experience of God.  And he's got part of the phenomenon right.  That is, the God phenomenon connects to what we do, not what we say or how we personify:
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"...not all gods care that you believe in them, and not all gods are thought of as human-like..."
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But he's thinking too small when he suggests that any one individual or group controls its God experience.  And he hints at but stops short of explicitly stating the negatives of "the flight of the Gods" in our modern culture.  He could take a lesson from Homer.

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The gods appear to be the workings of an organism trying to influence other people also negotiating the costs and benefits of being alive at a specific place and time. They are important forces in human mobilisation and organisation.
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PhD student in History of Science with a graduate degree in Evolutionary Anthropology; creator of the blog The Primate Diaries; published in Scientific American, Discover, Times Higher Education, the Journal of Human Evolution, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and many more online.


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3 Quarks Daily Science Prize (2014); AAAS Research Poster Competition Winner (2011); Finalist for Research Blog of the Year (2010).
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  • University of British Columbia
    History of Science, present
  • Duke University
    Evolutionary Anthropology
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