Wednesday Round Up #154

The image comes from the 2009 book Drawing Autism. It features art from over 50 people diagnosed with autism; there is also a Facebook page. You can find more of the art at 50 Watt’s Drawing Autism post, where I came across Eleni Michael’s Dancing with Dogs. Just some wonderful art.


Grades are in, the semester is done. So the Wednesday Round Up is going to take a summer hiatus. It should be back in mid-August.

I want to thank my wonderful graduate assistant, Naheed Ahmed, who helped me a great deal in putting together the round ups every week over the past two semesters. These round ups take a lot of time and effort to put together, and she became an integral part of that process.


Vaughan Bell, Total Information War
*Mind Hacks covers an important, and surely controversial, new publication, ‘Military Social Influence in the Global Information Environment: A Civilian Primer’

Philip Cohen, Income Gradient for Children’s Mental Health
*And we should be the ones who are shamed, not the families suffering…

Paleophile, Human Evolution Education Resources
*Great compilation of resources for you to help teach human evolution. Or just learn more yourself!

Scicurious, How to Blog a Conference
*The top-notch blogger gives a top-notch overview of how to take on the messy reporting of a conference

Kenneth Miller, Mixed-Methods Approaches To Contextually Grounded Research In Settings Of Armed Conflict And Natural Disaster
*A unique approach to studying armed conflict and natural disaster, using quantitative and qualitative methods to develop a culturally grounded conceptualiziation of mental health and pscyhosocial assessment tools.

Paul Bolton and Alice Tang, An Alternative Approach To Cross-Cultural Function Assessment
*Innovative new method for cross-cultural and sex-specific function assessment, which attempts to resolve issues with current methodologies.

Jere Behrman et al., Short-Run Effects Of One-Time, In-Kind Income Transfers And Reduction In Village Income Inequality On Well-Being
*Fascinating study on how increases in income affects other indicators, such as health and education – intervention research being done with the Tsimane in Bolivia

Bradley Voytek, We Are All Inattentive Superheroes
*But some of us have laser vision…

International Cognition & Culture Institute, Bradley Franks’ Culture and Cognition
*A quick overview of what looks to be an interesting new scholarly book treading similar ground to neuroanthropology

Creative Generalist, Generalists Unite!
*A great endeavor to get generalists of all stripe to celebrate their common take on the world. You can even join their new social network!

Tom Chatfield, Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal – Review
*Virtual worlds and gaming, and their promise to solve real-world problems

Richard Lewontin, It’s Even Less in Your Genes
*A review of Evelyn Fox Keller’s book, The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture, done in Lewontin’s eloquent style and with the same old saw

Cambridge Science Festival, How Blogs, Tweets, and Social Media Are Changing Science Writing
*Carl Zimmer, Ed Yong, and Hilary Rosner give some great overviews of what’s happening online – skip to about 6 minutes in to get to the juicy stuff


Paul Griffiths, Ethology, Sociobiology, and Evolutionary Psychology
*The philosopher’s chapter in the forthcoming book, Blackwell’s Companion to the Philosophy of Biology – a good overview with critical commentary

Vaughan Bell, The Death of the Mind
*Mind Hacks provides further reflection on how massive data mining on human behavior and customer choice is creating new algorithms, better predictions, and little understanding

Elizabeth Landau, The Brain’s Amazing Potential for Recovery
*Neuroplasticity and recovery from trauma, through the example of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Deric Bownds, Making Minds: Evolving and Constructing the “I”
*Get Bownds’ detailed lecture notes for his recent talk at the University of Wisconsin

Kent Anderson, Positively Predictable — The Multiple Costs of Mindless Studies
*Skepticism and predicting the future

Jonah Lehrer, Is Nudging Really Enough?
*Best thing since sliced bread… Nudge, nudge.

Maria Popova, The Century of the Self
*“How smoking became cool, or why politicians want your brain for breakfast.”

Nicole Hemsoth, Researchers Induce Virtual Schizophrenia
*Information overload!
-Ed Yong also has a nice piece on the same research, Computers Become Schizophrenic-Like When Learning Goes Into Overdrive

Allison Gamble, Addiction in the Courtroom
* “Forensic psychology and the paradox of addiction” – well argued, for this piece recognizes the dual nature of addiction

Since addiction is both under and outside of the addict’s control, someone who commits an addiction-related crime should be both held responsible and offered treatment.

James, Nicotine and Cocaine Leave similar Mark on Brain after First Contact
*There’s a reason people get hooked…

Neuroskeptic, Psychiatry and Phrenology
*Will statistics destroy psychiatry’s diagnoses and artful imaging?


Loic Wacquant, From Slavery to Mass Incarceration
*Powerful 2002 essay linking prison industry to racism and to slavery – a well-done piece that expresses thoughts that have bumped around in my head and here come out full-force

Hernando de Soto, The Destruction of Economic Facts
*We created trust and reciprocity by creating “economic facts,” our ability to track the social reality of a capitalist economy. That is being undone. And the results are not pretty…

Trinity College, HUMAN+ The Future Of Our Species
*A series of displays and photos that show scientists, engineers, and artists coming together to imagine the near future of our species

Brian Switek, What Death Means to Primates
*Missed this last month – a nice piece by Switek on primate mourning, and possible other explanations than grief

Kerim/Savage Minds, MIT Profs Explain What They Do
*And on video no less

Melford Spiro, Postmodernist Anthropology, Subjectivity, and Science: A Modernist Critique
*An oldie but a goodie – one proponent of the science side in the old science/post-modern fight in anthropology in the 1990s. I’d replace Freud with modern neuroscience, though…

Jon Hamilton, Study Suggests Autism Rate May Be Underestimated
*Anthropologist Roy Ginker takes the lead in working with a multi-disciplinary study that documents all cases of autism in one town in South Korea
-Nature’s NewsBlog also covers it, with an interview with Ginker: Q&A: Novel study suggests autism three times more prevalent than thought

Institute of Network Cultures, Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader
*Get your pdf on critical takes on Wikipedia

Vaughan Bell, The Psychology of the Dead in the Amazon
*Anthropologist Anne Christine Taylor and beliefs about the dead among the Achuar

Jeffrey Alexander et al., Interpreting Clifford Geertz: Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences
*New collection of essays on Geertz – looks like an important volume

Kate Wong, Rival Anthropologists Donald Johanson and Richard Leakey Reunite after 30-Year Rift
*And they play nice!

Tom Paulson, Technology Cannot End Poverty
*And a former Microsoft guru tells us so

Durham University, Partnerships in Public Health Have Little Impact
*Because they’re bureaucratic, rather than real

Christine Dell’Amore, Your Heart Can Sync with a Loved One’s
*Firewalking rituals, social entrainment, and physiological coordination

Anthropologist in the Attic, Legendary Saints Were Real, Buried Alive, Study Hints
*The discovery of bones, and the stories they can tell us about the past – some neat forensic archaeology here, meeting up with legend

Update: The above post was completely lifted from its actual spot of publication. So here’s the original: Ker Than, Legendary Saints Were Real, Buried Alive, Study Hints. The post appeared in National Geographic Daily News.

Thanks to Kristina Killgrove for picking that up. She runs the Powered by Osteons: A Bone Girl Blog. Her post on this news, Chrysanthus & Daria, is not just an originally written piece, but a great take on why the news is not all that it’s cracked up to be…

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2 Responses to Wednesday Round Up #154

  1. BoneGirlPhD says:

    I also love your round-up, but this week I have one complaint, about your last link, to Anthropologist in the Attic. That post is completely cut-and-pasted from the original National Geographic article without any original ideas, summary, or even paraphrasing ( It’s probably egotistical of me to suggest this, but my coverage of the story seems to be more germane to your round-up (

    Sad to hear the round-up is taking the summer off, but I’m looking forward to more links in the fall semester.

    • daniel.lende says:

      Kristina, thanks for that! And wow, that’s bad by Anthropologist in the Attic. Cross that site off my list…

      All right, I’ll update the round up with the original National Geo piece and your piece as well!

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