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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

What's stopping us from eating insects?

In non-Western cultures insects are an important food source, providing proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Where eating insects is a norm, people can tell the difference between good insects and bad insects and identify seasonal differences in arthropodal food choices (when to harvest larval states, which adults to avoid, etc.) So why are Americans so averse to this food source?...

July 24, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

Can Cookie Monster teach us about peer pressure?

It’s not quite news that Cookie Monster no longer eats cookies. Well, he'll have one cookie, but only after he fills up on vegetables! Understandably, the public was outraged, and in response, Cookie Monster felt the need to clarify: He still eats cookies—for dessert—but he likes fruit and vegetables too...

July 8, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

How does competitive eating represent us as Americans?

The United States marks its independence today with a few activities: parades, fireworks, and competitive eating contests. While there are many variations of the latter, the most famous is perhaps the one held at the Coney Island landmark Nathan's, where competitors have to consume as many hot dogs (including their buns) as possible in 10 minutes.Considering that this is a nation that counts calories but spends heavily at fast food restaurants, it is no wonder the event is a spectacle...

July 4, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

What Can Social Behavior in Lemurs Tell Us About Ourselves?

Lemurs can be deceptive. Most animals are—it comes in handy when you're competing for food or mates, or trying to hide from a predator. However, lemurs are particularly interesting because they can possibly help us better understand the development of our own sociality.The social intelligence hypothesis maintains that primate brains evolved in response to a need to manage the complexities of social life, particularly relationships—alliances and friendships, after all, are instrumental within day-to-day networks...

July 2, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

Trilobites Everywhere!

Just a few short steps off Central Park West you have the means of traveling back through time to explore the diversity of life in ways you may not consider.

June 21, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

Can Geography Shape the Way We Speak?

There's a pretty neat series of maps featured in Business Insider making the rounds on various social channels. They tell us about ourselves, showing how Americans speak differently from each other...

June 19, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

When and Where Is It Okay to Cry?

A few weeks ago, an article appeared in my LinkedIn feed that asked "Is crying acceptable in the workplace?' I'll save you the click thru: the short answer in this piece is no.

April 29, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

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