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The Complexity of the Human Brain

In 2009, the Brazilian scientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel performed a review of what we know about the physical structure of the brain. The adult human male brain has 86 billion neurons–more than any other primate. Each neuron has between 1,000 to … Continue reading

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Empire and World Systems

I have found the notion of contemporary empire to be usefully informed by World Systems Theory. Several times in the past I have mentioned work by Tom Abel. See: http://www.tabel.tcu.edu.tw/ Here are a few relevant items: World Systems Theory I … Continue reading

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Julian Steward, Marvin Harris and Universal History

In January of 2009 a discussion about Julian Steward occurred on the Anthropology and Environment list (EANTH).  I contributed the following message to the discussion. ______________________________________________________________ Dear EANTH list, I agree that some context is needed regarding Julian Steward. That … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Anthropology

Saturday, September 30, 2006 I recently found myself observing a discussion on the AAA Environment and Anthropology (EANTH) list regarding the concept of the “other.” At the same time I was reading a new Econophysics piece by econophysicists Joe McCauley. … Continue reading

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