History: Archaeologists Find New Clues to “Lost Colony” Mystery.
“Now, two independent teams have found archaeological remains suggesting that at least some of the Roanoke colonists might have survived and split into two groups, each of which assimilated itself into a different Native American community.” Could DNA solve the rest, I wonder? Are there enough remaining natives of the shore communities to test?
Archaeology News Network: ‘Osiris, Sunken Mysteries of Egypt’ at the Arab World Institute, Paris.
A Clerk of Oxford: ‘Thou wandrest in this fals world.’
DHA: Four times larger than Troy, Bronze Age site to be unearthed in Manisa.
“We also predict the site forms the capital of Lydian ancestors - first people to have used coinages in the history ...” Perhaps they’ll discover the missing link between Lydians and Etruscans.
NY Times: The Flip Side of Optimism About Life on Other Planets.
“The big question for Professor Bostrom is whether the Great Filter is in our past or our future, and for the answer he looks to the stars. If there is nothing else out there, then maybe we have survived whatever it is. As bizarre as it sounds, we are the first ones in the neighborhood to have run the cosmic obstacle course. If there is company out there, it means the Great Filter is ahead of us. We are doomed.”
The Conversation: Building blocks of life found among organic compounds on Comet 67P.
“They both detected compounds which are important in the pathway to producing sugars – which go on to form the ‘backbone’ of DNA. They also both note the very low number of sulphur-bearing species, which is interesting given the abundance of sulphur in the solar system, and the ease with which it can become integrated into organic compounds.”
SciAm: How the Brain Purges Bad Memories.
“Drugs that alter the cannabinoid system could provide a way to modify the fear circuit, thereby—possibly—alleviating anxiety. Neurostimulation technologies, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and even optogenetics, could also potentially be used therapeutically to augment standard anxiety treatments.” A lot of people could see relief.
The Point: Forward with Fukuyama.
Hmmm. The internet age has seen history expand and contract in myriad ways. Poor education gifts contextless young journalists with near-zero historical perspective, whereas the internet itself is deepening the sheer volume of historical text. History seems to get interpreted and reinterpreted, sliding off current events like eggs off a teflon pan.
Discovery News: Antiquities Found on Shipwreck That Carried Elgin Marbles.
Well, if they find more, they ain’t leavin’ Greece this time around.
The Economist: Daily chart - Unlikely results in scientific studies.
Watch this; it might even break me of posting the latest science study news.
The Toast: Visible Faith - On Grad School and Ageism.
“... I was surprised by the degree to which the more mature male professors seemed unnerved by my presence, and they became the main source of my day-to-day anxiety. One of them, a jeans-wearing survivor of the pseudo-hippie revival of the ’80s, once announced to our class that Thomas Hardy only began writing poetry after he reached his sixties. ‘Just when the brain is atrophying for most people,’ he said, staring at me, ‘the man became a world-class poet. Imagine! You’ve got to be some kind of brilliant to defy those odds.’” The more fool he.
One reader noticed.
On July 19, one of my photographs got in the NY Times. Elana Resnick and Will Nomikos were resident scholars here in Santa Fe, at the School for Advanced Research. I offered to take their engagement portrait while they were here. Will and Elana are both sweethearts; smart as whips, fantastic to brainstorm with. They restore my faith in the next generation shepherding our world to a better plane. Congratulations, E and W!!! Best wishes for a fantastic future.
Later: Irony. I can’t see it, because I’ve overstayed my non-paying outside-of-paywall status. Readers, let me know if it looks good.
New Yorker: Kacey Musgraves, Harper Lee, and the Home-Town Dilemma.
History: Iron Age Graves in Britain Yield Hybrid Animals and Human Sacrifice.
“Special FX” ... even in the past.
Guernica: Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of Data.
“... the average American encounters a total of 34 gigabytes of information daily.” No wonder I just tried to shelve the milk in my vitamin cabinet ...
Popular Archaeology: Bones of Philip of Macedon Identified.
Wrong skeleton, but the right one is quite fascinating and fits the historical record well.
OpenCulture: MIT’s Introduction to Poker Theory - A Free Online Course.
Guardian.UK: Arctic sea ice volume showed strong recovery in 2013.
Sliver of hope? The tendency these days is to attack any science that might forestall an extraordinary effort to counter climate change. I expect this to attract similar opposition. But if this means recovery could be rapid, wouldn’t that bolster a quick, powerful thrust to diminish global warming?
ArtDaily: Bulgaria’s Valley of Thracian Kings, accidentally discovered in 1944, keeps its secrets.
The New York Review of Books: Two Cheers for the Middle Ages!
Three books reviewed. Read the entire review before choosing any.
Public Books: Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking.
“Critical thinking, in either context — as a practical skill or as a rugged comportment toward the ineffable — would seem to function as a second-order fantasy, hovering above the very thing that we cannot come to terms with in a satisfying way: the role of liberal arts in higher education.” Add curiousity in the mix, and you’ve got a potent combination. IMHO.
NPR: Patricia Marx, Author Of ‘Let’s Be Less Stupid’.
“I took the test and I thought well, I’m pretty smart! My mother’s right, I really am pretty smart. These aren’t very hard. And then I get the results and it’s 74. 74! That’s, like, you’d have to be trained on how to scratch your arm if you have an IQ of 74. You have to get assistance to tie your shoes.”
HackedEducation: Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?
“Computers and mainframes and networks are points of control. They are tools of surveillance. Databases and data are how we are disciplined and punished. Quite to the contrary of Seymour’s hopes that computers will liberate learners, this will be how we are monitored and managed. Teachers. Students. Principals. Citizens. All of us.” Interesting; a bit too panicked about surveillance perhaps. A computer’s never yet reached out and whacked my wrist with a ruler.
Atlantic: Don’t Call Kids ‘Smart’.
Colossal: The Tedious 10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of
Hey, they were able to remove that Instagram filter ... (joking, just joking) ...