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Since the advent of search engines, we are reorganizing the way we remember things. Our brains rely on the Internet for memory in much the same way they rely on the memory of a friend, family member or co-worker. We remember less through knowing information itself than by knowing where the information can be found.

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“Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips” -

July 20th, 2011 2 notes #I knew it! #Science #Cognitive Psychology #Search Engines #Memory

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Just when I thought the “History Channel” couldn’t get any worse…

They’re showing something about ancient technology, and they’re talking about the Egyptians. Apparently some archaeologists unearthed, from some old ass crypt, what they initially thought to be a carving of a bird…decades later, someone realized…OH SHIT, that it was in fact a carving of a glider, similar to those we use in modern times.

The obvious question then became: “Were the Ancient Egyptians stumbling upon the power of flight?” So they built a scale replica of the ancient glider and test it.

The shit flew.

And instead of being like, “Oh, fuck…they really may have been about to fly.” Instead of giving them a little bit of credit. They took the


It wasn’t that long ago—literally, less than 15 yearsthat academia decried the accomplishments of “brown” people by stating that their conquerors “taught” them or “educated” them or brought “civilization” to them. (To this day, in 2011, people will deny this; however, we in the West have a lovely habit of documenting our own ignorance.) However, by that logic, that means that Europeans were slow, dimwitted and uncivilized until they were “taught” by their various African and Asian conquerors. (Now what, academia?)

However, modern “historians” have expanded this sort of thinking to all ancient peoples. Apparently, all of our ancestors were so ignorant that they couldn’t have possibly been intelligent enough, curious enough or clever enough to invent/improve upon their own technology.

We are well aware that the ancient world held education in high esteem, so I have no idea why the same people who decry the existence of aliens would then assign human advancement to non-existent beings. Which just proves my theory that humans (including myself) are naturally idiotic, regardless of what century we live in.

I’m done. ::headdesk::

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August 3rd, 2011 24 notes #History #Amnesia #Ignorance #Books #Oral History #Science #Math #Curiosity

You need to reverse this. If you don’t study, then you will earn bad grades. Then is showing cause. Conditional statements or Correlative Conjunctions (or if…then statements) are important and have been used for centuries.

Yes, you can omit then from your sentence and the conditional statement will be understood; however, to tell people that using an if…then statement is incorrect is disingenuous. Especially, as such correlative conjunctions are commonly used in math, science and philosophy.

I hope that this person may have accidentally flipped their answer, as the top part is what irritates them.

Reblogged from grammaticalerrorsihate August 18th, 2011 1 note #If...,Then... #Conditional Statements #Correlative Conjunctions #English #Language #Science






Some sort of scientists believe that if the Library of Alexandria didn’t burn down or the Dark Ages never happened, we would be 300 years advanced in technology. :>

This is depressing. l:

 This isn’t something I would normally reblog on FyeahAsianHistory except this is why this blog exists. This is EXACTLY why this blog exists. Let’s put this in perspective of the very limited knowledge I have on both the Western European Middle Ages/Medieval Period/ quote “Dark Ages”, and Egypt in this time period plus everything I know about Asia as a whole.

This? This is bullshit. There’s no nice way to say it. Was the Library of Alexandria a huge, devastating loss? Absolutely. But it was “lost” more than once, and it was certainly burned before Christianity at least once and there was more than one branch of the library. Take a quick look: there are sources saying Muslims destroyed it, and sources saying Christians ordered to have the “temple” burned down.

So on that account, it’s a load of crap. On other accounts: As any Medievalist will fervently tell you, the “Dark Ages” is a very misleading term. Loads of cool things happened during the Middle Ages in Europe. But look at Asia. Look at say, Islam which collected new libraries, brought back those “lost” Greek and Roman works, started Universities, invented the astrolabe. Look at the Silk road towards the beginning, and hell, even onwards. WHAT ABOUT THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA. India’s Chola Dynasty Maritime power. How about China’s first standing navy with “junk” ships? What about moveable type printing invented by the Chinese? Gunpowder warfare? How about a freakin’ odometer? WHAT ABOUT COFFEE? Hospitals? Female Surgeons.

Try looking up “Islamic Golden Age.” Really, just try it.

What was the “Dark Ages” for Europe (which is highly debateable) was the Golden Ages of Islam, the end of the Classical Age in Japan, and a period of awesome invention, innovation, and exploration for China and through several dynasties to boot. Say, there’s a funny little thing called “Pax Mongolica” and it lead to a lot of good things.

Listen, Europe and Christianity may have dun goofed a little, and some of the consequences will never be the same, but while they were on a bit of a downer, the OTHER HALF OF THE EURASIAN CONTINENT WAS DOING PRETTY OKAY. Really.

I run this blog because I want people to know that The West, Christianity, and Europe are not solely responsible for the successes or failures of the human race and innovation. Because I want people to know that before the Bible, there was Gilgamesh. That in the 11th century, a Japanese woman composed the world’s first novel. That people in the Islamic world translated the texts we consider so important in the Western Canon of Greek and Roman literature today. That India, Japan, China, and much of the Islamic empire all had golden/classical periods occuring during this time period. China became the first country in the world to use paper money in their banks.

Listen guys, if I want you to take away one thing, it’s that just because Europe sleeps doesn’t mean the world doesn’t make leaps and bounds.

And now I follow a new blog! :D

pretty much the commentary from Asian History, especially the bolded part.

I’d be curious what was happening in the Americas during that time period.

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Reblogged from lucifersmile December 25th, 2011 3,734 notes #science #europe #asia #africa #christianity #perspective


The research due to be published in the British Journal of Psychology also revealed that most men who took part in the study identified themselves more with the language expressed by the convicted rapists.

Psychologists presented men between the ages of 18 and 46 with a range of statements taken from magazines and from convicted rapists in the study, and gave the men different information about the source of the quotes. Men identified more with the comments made by rapists more   than the quotes made in lads’ mags, but men identified more with quotes said to have been drawn from lads’ mags more than those said to have been comments by convicted rapists.

Well, that tells you all you need to know about how modern society conditions men and reinforces hate and violence toward women. How sad.

Reblogged from January 10th, 2012 28 notes #men #rape #science #journal #jokes #queue
DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans. While different genes for physical traits such as skin and hair color can be identified between individuals, no consistent patterns of genes across the human genome exist to distinguish one race from another. There also is no genetic basis for divisions of human ethnicity. People who have lived in the same geographic region for many generations may have some alleles in common, but no allele will be found in all members of one population and in no members of any other.

Human Genome Project Announces That “Race” Does Not Exist

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exactly~! there just hasn’t been enough time for any real significant genetic differences to form. I learned this a week or two ago in my genetics class. There are only humans, different varieties, but still we are all human all the same. 

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(Also a good read: American Anthropological Association Statement on “Race” ).

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This is awesome. But apparently now anything having anything to do with genetics just reminds me how much I HATE X-Men science. I HATE IT. SO MUCH.

(via nikariot) Race is a social category, not a biological one (via urbanafrofuturism)

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Reblogged from January 21st, 2012 251 notes #dna #race #human #genome #project #science #duh #common sense




We study language science. Anthropology meets philosophy meets the scientific method.

Different levels of analyses for linguistic phenomena include:
- acoustics, the sound properties of speech
- articulatory phonetics, the inventory of speech sounds
- phonology, the ways in which a language categorizes sounds as meaningful, abstract units, then uses predictable rules to create environment-dependent sound changes
- morphology, the study of word-formation, ways in which speakers change the internal structure of a word and why they do so, as well as the hierarchy of the word structure and its relationship to syntax
- syntax, the study of how abstract units called “words” as well as other particles form structured phrases in a hierarchical, rule-governed system
- pragmatics, the study of how context influences meaning
- semantics, the study of meaning itself, both philosophically and also in terms of how syntax forms relationships between words

Linguistic subfields include but are not limited to:
- psycholinguistics, how the mind processes, stores, produces and learns language, language pathologies
- neurolinguistics, the physical structure of the brain and how these neurological structures and their functions lends to the ability to use and understand language
- cognitive linguistics, the interaction of language and other cognitive processes like memory, attention, intelligence, perception
- speech perception, how the brain interprets speech sounds and, in the case of sign, visual language stimulus, and in turn how it generates that stimulus
- second language acquisition, the study of how people learn second languages and the most effective strategies to do so
- linguistic typology, or classifying the features of languages and their genealogies
- forensic linguistics, or the interaction between language and the law, including understanding written law as well as analyzing linguistic evidence in criminal cases
- historical linguistics, documenting and preserving the history of different languages and dialects
- anthropological linguistics, the study of the relationship between language and the culture, biology, history, etc. of humans
- linguistic anthropology, the study of how language shapes culture and social life
- sociolinguistics, the study and documentation of language variation within social groups such as race, class, sexuality, etc.
- linguistic geography, the study and documentation of language variation across political, physical and cultural geographic boundaries
- computational linguistics, the study of a computational model of syntax whereby one text can be effectively translated into another using algorithms
- wugology, the study of wugs

Those are just a few. I’m sure fellow linguists can add or edit this list if needed.

Hey! a rebloggable version of this! Yeeeessss EXACTLY what I wanted!

Reblogged from estifito February 10th, 2012 58 notes #science #linguistics #language #mind-blowing #deal with the sheer awesomeness


Infographic | Climate Change and Fossil Fuels: What Do You Think is More Likely? 

(Source: I Heart Climate Scientists)

* I’ve got one quibble with the infographic. It’s actually 97% of climate scientists, not 90%, that agree that human activity (i.e. burning fossil fuels, deforestation) is driving global climate change. 

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Reblogged from plantedcity February 19th, 2012 222 notes #politics #science #climate #environment #government #people





New forensic techniques in archaeology reveal existence of high status Africans living in 4th Century AD York

“A picture of multi-cultural Britain in 4th Century AD has been revealed using the latest forensic techniques in archaeology. The new research, published in the March issue of the journal Antiquity, demonstrates that Roman York of the period had individuals of North African descent moving in the highest social circles.

Dr Hella Eckardt, Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading, said: “Multi-cultural Britain is not just a phenomenon of more modern times. Analysis of the ‘Ivory Bangle Lady’ and others like her, contradicts common popular assumptions about the make up of Roman-British populations as well as the view that African immigrants in Roman Britain were of low status, male and likely to have been slaves.

“To date, we have had to rely on evidence of such foreigners in Roman Britain from inscriptions. However, by analysing the facial features of the Ivory Bangle Lady and measuring her skull compared to reference populations, analysing the chemical signature of the food and drink she consumed, as well as evaluating the evidence from the burial site, we are now able to establish a clear profile of her ancestry and social status.

“It helps paint a picture of a Roman York that was hugely diverse and which included among its population, men, women and children of high status from Romanised Northern Africa and elsewhere in the Mediterranean.

The ancestry assessment suggests a mixture of ‘black’ and ‘white’ ancestral traits, and the isotope signature indicates that she may have come from somewhere slightly warmer than the UK. Taken together with the evidence of an unusual burial rite and grave goods, the evidence all points to a high status incomer to Roman York. It seems likely that she is of North African descent, and may have migrated to York from somewhere warmer, possibly the Mediterranean.

The Ivory Bangle Lady was a high status young woman who was buried in Roman York (Sycamore Terrace). Dated to the second half of the fourth century, her grave contains jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, pendants, beads, a blue glass jug and a glass mirror. The most famous object from this burial is a rectangular openwork mount of bone, possibly from an unrecorded wooden casket, which reads ‘Hail, sister, may you live in God’, indicating Christian beliefs.”

paging glossy and nom and all black!helga haters

yeah this was a major trigger for the writing of glossycanon

point about race not existing pre-colonial times.

So…if the first Christians were Afro-Asiatic peoples from Afro-Asiatic regions and if those people wandered near and far to spread the Gospels, as recorded in secular and religious texts, then wouldn’t it make sense to not only find Afro-Asiatic peoples in Europe, but also that they were part of several groups who came to teach Europeans about Christ?

Ya know, before the Roman catholic church decided that their version of Christianity would be the only “valid” one.

::sigh:: Oh, well. Guess we better not talk about how Jews or Muslims were also colonizers and empire builders…or that all three religious groups share the same Go…

No. Never-mind.

That would just make too much sense. Let’s stick with the idea that nobody in Africa or Asia knew anything about Christ, as the Son of God or otherwise, until they were colonized. Nobody. Not a soul.

And let’s believe that everyone in Europe was European and Christian and that Europeans have no genetic diversity at all or come from different ethnic groups or have different religions and they are all the same. All of them. Every last one. They just conveniently speak different languages…

::twiddles thumbs::

I’m sorry, peoples. I was in a good mood before I saw this. I was reading the news earlier and these politicians keep saying the most ignorant things and I had a religious debate earlier and this reminded me of all of it.

I’m gonna go back to playing Pokemon Red on my super cool 14 year old Gamboy Color, and eat tons of cookies.

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Reblogged from missfolly March 16th, 2012 3,033 notes #Empire #expansion #religion #Britain #York #Archaeology #science #I'm not bitter. #I swear. #Girl Scouts Honor! #history #england #africans #missionaries