August 14, 2009

Silcrete before and after heating_0.previewStone Weapons Found in Africa Suggest Humans First Used Fire to Create Tools More Than 70,000 Years Ago
This sophisticated control over fire reflects advanced smarts, and marks the turning point when we became “uniquely human,” said study leader Kyle Brown, an archaeologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. (Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic News)

Can Morality Thrive Without God?
What if God disappeared? Would a world without religion be the peaceful brotherhood of man of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” or would it be a nihilistic nightmare? (Konstantin Petrenko, Religion Dispatches)

Libertarianism as Bridge Between Moral Values of Liberals and Conservatives
Michael Shermer: Basically, libertarians are for freedom and liberty for individuals, and yet we recognize that in order to be free we must also be protected. Libertarianism is grounded in the Principle of Freedom: All people are free to think, believe, and act as they choose, as long as they do not infringe on the equal freedom of others. (The Huffington Post)

Facebook Pictures and Comments Can Increase “Triggers” for Jealousy
“It seems like Facebook is creating jealousy even where there was not jealousy to begin with,” said Amy Muise, a doctoral candidate at the University of Guelph’s psychology department who led a recent study on how Facebook can spark jealousy in romantic relationships among college students. (Michael Hill, Associated Press)

Do Single Women Prefer Attached Men?
Noting that single women often complain that “all the good men are taken,” the psychologists wondered if “this perception is really based on the fact that taken men are perceived as good.” (John Tierney, TierneyLab Blog, The New York Times)

Idiots and Angels

Indie animator Bill Plympton’s feature-length Idiots and Angels, a noir, Bukowskian portrait of a reluctant angel who time and again hacks off the heavenly appendages that grow from his shoulder blades, resisting the good they represent in order to continue wallowing in his own willful depravity, extends the cult artist’s reach beyond the lurid sexual and social satire of earlier work into the metaphysical realm. (Greg Quill, Toronto Star)

Category: Field Notes


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