Paleo Diet and Fire

August 7, 2014
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It’s been a while since my last update on the Paleo diet (perhaps a better name for it is ‘Post-Neolithic diet’). Here are the links to previous blogs on this theme: http://socialevolutionforum.com/2012/08/23/an-update-on-my-so-called-paleo-diet/ http://socialevolutionforum.com/2013/07/20/adventures-in-paleo-eating-bone-marrow/ http://socialevolutionforum.com/2013/05/04/breadfruit/ As long-time readers of my blog remember, I switched to Paleo diet in May of 2012. Within two months I noticed […]

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Ebola and Applied Cultural Evolution—You Can Help

August 2, 2014
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A colleague of mine named Beate Ebert started a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) called Commit and Act in Sierra Leone. They run a psychosocial center in Bo, a city in the south of Sierra Leone, led by a local counselor, Hannah Bockarie. Bo is a high risk area of the Ebola epidemic, where some of the […]

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Seshat: What Studying War Is Good for? A guest blog by Edward A. L. Turner.

August 2, 2014
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Seshat: The Global History Databank is a game-changing database construction project that may reveal there is actually one thing war is good for: historical statistics. By publishing free-to-public data on historical societies, Seshat will soon become the world’s largest professional historical database. The massive research effort has been far too much for any individual or […]

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Of Course, War Is Evil!

July 29, 2014
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Thank you, Joe and all people who left comments. It has been an extremely thought-provoking discussion, so I thought it’s worth a separate blog to address the issues that most resonated with me. Let me start by repeating that the title, “War! What is It Good For?” was not mine, but Ian Morris’s. It’s not […]

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Joe Brewer: Linguistic Framing of “War! What is it Good For?”

July 24, 2014
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Peter Turchin recently posted an article on the Forum about the role of war in cultural evolution that stimulated a lively, yet largely discordant, conversation.  I read through the comment thread and noted how the framing of the title and text contributed to the breakdown in dialogue.  In this article, I would like to offer my services […]

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Murals versus Flags: A Symbolically Dense Landscape, continued

July 21, 2014
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As I said in my previous blog, the Catholic areas in Belfast tend to be symbolically demarcated primarily with murals, while the Protestant ones are festooned with flags. The distinction is not absolute, and you can see the Irish Tricolor (green-white-orange) in two photographs in the previous blog. Still, they are mostly found in the […]

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Belfast: A Symbolically Dense Landscape

July 18, 2014
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Two weeks ago, after we were done with various Cliodynamics activities in Dublin, we went on a field trip to study the post-conflict landscape in Belfast. Our guide on this trip was Kevin Feeney. Exploring Belfast is best done with someone who knows which neighborhoods are safe, and which are not. Even though it has […]

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