Ancient skeletons to be returned
California Kumeyaa Win the Dispute
The US Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a lower court ruling that will, in effect, allow ancient bones to be returned to American Indians in California.
The judgment means a landmark legal decision recognizes the authority of Native tribes to assume control over ancestors and artifacts, despite claims by scientists that returning the 9,000 year-old bones to the tribes is a “tragedy and a disgrace.”
The case at hand involves two skeletons—a woman and a man—discovered on state property in San Diego in 1976. Since then, the bones had been the subject of empirical study until local tribes requested the bones be returned.
Science writer Carl Zimmer notes that tribes went to court in 2006 to have the skeletons returned. Continue reading
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Bloody Trump Painting by Sarah Levy
Politics, Trump and the Black Swan
I wrote recently about how the metaphor of The Black Swan—not the film but the metaphor in decision-making—describes how random events rivet our attention.
Writer and scholar N. N. Taleb notes The Black Swan describes a rare and extraordinary event or individual that gains momentum in news, politics and behavior.
The terrorist attacks on US soil in 2011, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the rare hatching of a black swan are examples of unexpected phenomena that have profound effects on how we respond as citizens, and how we make decisions—lay-folk and law-makers alike.
Today’s political scene sets the stage for The Black Swan metaphor, judging from the vast coverage in mainstream press, television news, Twitter and Facebook squibs.
Donald Trump is the modern-day Black Swan: like voyeurs witnessing a train-wreck, we can’t turn away.
Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
A new fever is helping us examine how human foibles frame our behavior.
I’ve just read about The Black Swan—not the film—but the rare event that startles us and captures our attention.
Like a car-wreck, our gaze is glued to The Black Swan—a random phenomenon, says N. N. Taleb, who wrote the best-seller, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.
Rare occurrences not only engage us: they can reframe our perspectives and alter our behaviors. Continue reading
A lesson in ideological framing
When news of an armed stand-off at a wildlife refuge in Malheur County broke, I tried to wrap my brain around the event unfolding in my home state.
What did the protesters want?
I’m wary of how conflicts are framed in print and broadcast media—as are folks who have asked on Twitter: would the police response be different if the protesters were Black? Muslim?
How about American Indians? Continue reading
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Tagged Bundy, Hammond, native science, Oregon standoff, paiute, science journalism
Coffee salesman Clooney
Still: it’s about the money
Amsterdam still has the feel of a sweet, old city.
Nice, when you consider the commercial ubiquity of traveling to foreign lands.
If you travel to Rome you can chomp chicken at KFC and if you stay in Hong Kong you can buy a Coke at 7-11.
Here in Amsterdam–a city resplendent with canals and crumbling churches–you can find a Subway sandwich shop while walking down an ancient street or spy an American Apparel store on the upscale West side.
Fortunately the old-city feel survives the onslaught of Americana, with one exception. Continue reading
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Tagged Advertising, new york times, science communication, stereotypes
Are you following national politics?
Then I invite you to think about the news coverage of Donald Trump from 2 perspectives.
First: think of your gut feelings. Second, think of the empirical evidence.
Ready? Let’s begin.
Trump receives a boatload of news coverage.
And, amazingly enough, this is despite the fact that several reporters have promised to disengage from coverage of Trump.
Yet, coverage persists. Continue reading
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National Native American History Month: Less than one percent
Wak-O-Apa (Megan, in glasses) and Wee-Hey (Rachel)
First daughter broke through a chunk of the glass ceiling in November—a tribute to her passion and persistence—and an important event tucked in the shadow of National Native American History month.
Wak-O-Apa joins a small enclave of experts—those who hold a doctor of philosophy degree—a little less than 1.7 percent of the US population.
The accomplishment is perhaps more impressive when you look at the number of American Indians who hold a PhD.
Americans who consider themselves White comprise the group that annually earns the most PhDs–about three-quarters of all doctorate-holders (some 24,000 folks in 2012). Continue reading
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