— Tzvetan Todorov quoted by Richard Wolin in The New Republic.
— Mark Patrick Hederman in a Youtube video. We Need to Talk About Ireland
Brittney Cooper at Salon. The racial parenting divide: What Adrian Peterson reveals about black vs. white child-rearing
Black parenting is often too authoritative. White parenting is often too permissive. Both need to change
Australian researchers find sharing painful experiences creates feelings of solidarity.
This study reminded me of a photographic essay of Xhosa male circumcision ceremony.
There are many good reasons not to click on the link below. First of all there are a few images of the circumcisions themselves and some further nudity. Secondly the photographs and the essay were made by a white South African. To click the link is to learn a little about a cultural practice and to gain some understanding of its importance and significance.
Initiation to Manhood
Presenting in colour slides the story of the Abakwetha.
Photo Set A
In the Xhosa Language, aba means a group, while kwetha meats to learn, hence the word “Abakwetha”, meaning a group learning. What are they learning? To become men through circumcision. Five youths at a time are circumcised, ages 17 to 20 years The group of five live together in a specially constructed hut (sutu), which becomes their home for three months while they undergo the transformation from youth to manhood.
— Nancy Lutkehaus Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon
Last May at the Sante Fe Institute, Daniel Dennett gathered Susan Blackmore, Robert Boyd, Nicolas Claidière, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Joseph Henrich, Olivier Morin, Peter Richerson, Dan Sperber, and Kim Sterelny to discuss cultural evolution (via Dan Sperber). Over at the International Cognition and Culture Institute, there are summaries of each of their comments.
It’s quite old but Dennnett’s 1999 article at Edge,The Evolution of Culture is a useful overview of Dennett’s approach to the subject.
Tim Lewens article, Cultural Evolution, in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philiosophy doesn’t reference Dennett, but does provide context for some of the other scholars at the workshop.
— Noah Berlatzky at Pacific Standard. True Darwinism Is All About Chance
— Marc Hinton at Stuff. Haka has no history in basketball world
Cheryl Strayed interviewed by Amitava Kumar in Guernica Magazine. Redeemed
The bestselling author of Wild on the Pacific Crest Trail, bringing consciousness to bear on the work, and how success has been met with a backlash.