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Anthropology in Practice

Don’t read the comments! (Why do we read the online comments when we know they’ll be bad?)

Why did he read the comments? | CC, Photo by Troublemakers, Inc. Click on image for license and information.

One of the best things about the web is that it allows people to share ideas across boundaries. Right at this very moment, there could be someone from Saudi Arabia and Peru and Australia reading this article—and as a writer that is immensely cool. However, there’s no obligation for all three of those folks to [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

The Meaning of Goodbye

How do you prepare to say goodbye to your social group? | iStock photo.

It took a few days of moping around the house before I finally acknowledged what the problem is: my heart hurts. It’s an expression I use with those closest to me. It means I’m sad, and to some degree I feel helpless. It means my heart is breaking just a little. And it’s also an [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Please Help AiP Support the Social Sciences

It’s October—baseball is in its final throes for the season, football frenzy is fast upon us, the holiday season is peeking at us, and the kids are back in school. I was fortunate to have some excellent teachers growing up, but I also remember having to use scrappy, dog eared copies of books, having to [...]

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But Seriously...

Annalee Newitz: Where did io9 get its name?

Annalee Newitz and Brian Malow

Today is Annalee Newitz‘s birthday (well, it’s still today in the most relevant time zone – uh, hers not mine). Annalee has been writing about the intersection of science and technology and culture for many years. It’s a busy intersection. Since 2008, she’s been editor-in-chief of one of my favorite websites, io9.com. If you don’t [...]

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Observations

Neuroscience Coverage: Media Distorts, Bloggers Rule

Media Hype and the Brain

“Superwoman has been rumbled,” declared a Daily Telegraph article in 2001 that chronicled how the human brain’s inability to “multitask” undercuts the prospects for a woman to juggle career and family with any measure of success. The brain as media icon has emerged repeatedly in recent years as new imaging techniques have proliferated—and, as a [...]

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