April242014

chrisjerichosponytail:

So I was watching a show online when a trailer for this movie popped up. 

This makes me so angry I want to cry. I have never been more disgusted with Hollywood in my entire life. It’s fucking 2014 and we’re still doing this shit. 

….wow

April232014
theolduvaigorge:

Interactive-ish Map of Human Evolution

"Some 6 million years ago we split from a common ancestor with chimps. Fossils found at the key sites shown on the map below reveal that hominins then diversified into many species and spread far from their ancestral home in Africa. Click on each site to learn more about what we’ve found there. Read more: ’Denisovans: The lost humans who shared our world’” 

***It’s not comprehensive but it could definitely be the start of something useful.
(Source: New Scientist via @BoasNetwork on Twitter)

Titled “How the upright ape conquered the world.”
…really though?

theolduvaigorge:

Interactive-ish Map of Human Evolution

"Some 6 million years ago we split from a common ancestor with chimps. Fossils found at the key sites shown on the map below reveal that hominins then diversified into many species and spread far from their ancestral home in Africa. Click on each site to learn more about what we’ve found there. 

Read more: ’Denisovans: The lost humans who shared our world’” 

***It’s not comprehensive but it could definitely be the start of something useful.

(Source: New Scientist via @BoasNetwork on Twitter)

Titled “How the upright ape conquered the world.”

…really though?

(via alphacaeli)

April222014

thejunglenook:

wyeasttokaala:

anogoodrabblerouser:

disquietingtruths:

universalequalityisinevitable:

Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

^ That is a ridiculous oversimplification. 

(Copy and pasted from my post here)

Alpha does not always mean aggressive. 

By killing / removing the current alphas does not mean that alpha males cease to exist. This troop of baboons still had alpha males after the TB induced cull.

The term “alpha” simply means a high ranking individual (or individuals) in a social group. They have priority access to resources, like mates, nesting spots, and food. 


What actually happened here was that the alphas who achieved their rank through aggression had access to the tainted meat and were therefore killed. So the males with perhaps more aggressive / agnostic personalities and behavioral patterns were unable to pass those genes onto the next generation. The remaining males - potentially previously low ranking due to lack of these aggressive behaviors - who did not have access to the tainted meat were the only ones left for breeding. 

Perhaps these remaining males (and subsequent generations) did not compete for rank (re. resources) in an overtly aggressive manner. But perhaps certain ones were more adept at grooming, or creating coalitions and reciprocal relationships? Perhaps instead of breeding access being determined by males fighting for female access, it became more of a “popularity contest” where other affiliative behaviors were selected for. This would perpetuate a very peaceful atmosphere among the social group.

I can guarantee that there are still males in the group that get priority access to food, mates, and other resources. These are the alphas. 
You don’t NEED to be a jerk to be an alpha, that just happens to be pop-media’s favourite (narrow minded) view.

Just some comments from your friendly neighborhood Ethologist.


I think the earlier comment was meant to by flippant for the purpose of being amusing, but yes.

7PM

notgreenpaint:

shslequius:

driftingfocus:

anogoodrabblerouser:

disquietingtruths:

universalequalityisinevitable:

Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work.  He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.

DUDE HIS BOOKS ARE GREAT GO READ “A PRIMATE’S MEMOIR”

One caveat: This study is limited because it was a post-hoc (after the fact) study. This is the sort of hypothesis you can’t really test empirically because it’s obviously immoral to kill your alpha males. But it’s nonetheless compelling, and I really like Sapolsky’s book The Trouble With Testosterone. He’s as an engaging a writer as his beard is bushy. :) (I hear from his colleague, a professor of mine, that it’s even bushier now.)

Lol… I remember “Stress: Portrait of a Killer.” They went with the most dramatic possible title, didn’t they?

Sapolsky’s work is really interesting.

(via gran-tourismo-stardust)

April142014

cosmogyros:

monetizeyourcat:

boysinbarrettes:

monetizeyourcat:

Just found out there are two Bones in my shin, and two shins on my body. That’s four Bones. Fuck this shit

dude thats not even the worst of it. go look up what your ribs are made of

OK, i will, but I’m warning you if it’s bones I’m gonna be so pissed off

i really hope you’re not scared of skeletons

The first time I took a human osteology class, I couldn’t fall asleep because I was so freaked out by the fact that there is a SKULL inside my FACE

April112014
thegreenwolf:

sciencejokes:

tornadoesandscientists:

drkrislynn:

humanisticscience:

thejunglenook:

scienceisbeauty:

What scientists say in research papers vs. What they actually mean (via io9).

I shouldn’t be laughing this hard.

Yes. This is good.

Omg it’s like my college career staring right at me.

My thesis, ladies and gents.

My research paper will probably encompass all these terms.

Welcome to my previous life in academia.

thegreenwolf:

sciencejokes:

tornadoesandscientists:

drkrislynn:

humanisticscience:

thejunglenook:

scienceisbeauty:

What scientists say in research papers vs. What they actually mean (via io9).

I shouldn’t be laughing this hard.

Yes. This is good.

Omg it’s like my college career staring right at me.

My thesis, ladies and gents.

My research paper will probably encompass all these terms.

Welcome to my previous life in academia.

April102014
thejunglenook:

sapiens-sapiens:

rorschachx:

One of the unusually large chimpanzees of Bili-Uele forest is caught on a camera trap installed by primatologist Cleve Hicks in Orientale province of Democratic Republic of Congo | image: Cleve Hicks and Karsten Dierks

Look at that curious ape-friend!

Hello gorgeous! 

thejunglenook:

sapiens-sapiens:

rorschachx:

One of the unusually large chimpanzees of Bili-Uele forest is caught on a camera trap installed by primatologist Cleve Hicks in Orientale province of Democratic Republic of Congo | image: Cleve Hicks and Karsten Dierks

Look at that curious ape-friend!

Hello gorgeous! 

(via zomganthro)

April92014
March292014
March272014
praisethelorde:

lilamedusa:

basedmarina:

itstimeforfeminism:

calendar—girl:

girlsgetbusyzine:

writeswrongs:

cumaeansibyl:

coffeeandconlangs:

Unnecessary “fillers” in our speech. I’d rather have “like” than up-talking, though (if we had to choose one, that is). Ewwww, up-talking. Then again, a combination of the two would render me homicidal maniac.


Like, did you ever notice? That, like, the speech patterns people, like, think are stupid?  Are, like, commonly associated with, like, women?
And, like, there’s this thing? Where, like, women aren’t supposed to be, like, assertive? So they, like, qualify their speech? Because, like, we’re not supposed to, like, stand by our opinions?

1) humiliate women so they don’t feel qualified to speak authoritatively about anything
2) humiliate women for speaking in such a way that reflects how you treat her
3) laugh, you are superior because you don’t use words like “like.”  It isn’t as if being a huge stupid asshole has ever made you worse than a woman who speaks with verbal tics.  

The nail. It is hit on the head.


THEY DIDN’T EVEN FUCKING SPELL ACADEMY RIGHT

Also, fuck you, ALA. Linguistics aren’t meant to be prescriptive. 

you don’t know how to write acadEmy or awarEness but you think you can tell people how to speak? okay. fuck off.

praisethelorde:

lilamedusa:

basedmarina:

itstimeforfeminism:

calendar—girl:

girlsgetbusyzine:

writeswrongs:

cumaeansibyl:

coffeeandconlangs:

Unnecessary “fillers” in our speech. I’d rather have “like” than up-talking, though (if we had to choose one, that is). Ewwww, up-talking. Then again, a combination of the two would render me homicidal maniac.

Like, did you ever notice? That, like, the speech patterns people, like, think are stupid?  Are, like, commonly associated with, like, women?

And, like, there’s this thing? Where, like, women aren’t supposed to be, like, assertive? So they, like, qualify their speech? Because, like, we’re not supposed to, like, stand by our opinions?

1) humiliate women so they don’t feel qualified to speak authoritatively about anything

2) humiliate women for speaking in such a way that reflects how you treat her

3) laugh, you are superior because you don’t use words like “like.”  It isn’t as if being a huge stupid asshole has ever made you worse than a woman who speaks with verbal tics.  

The nail. It is hit on the head.

THEY DIDN’T EVEN FUCKING SPELL ACADEMY RIGHT

Also, fuck you, ALA. Linguistics aren’t meant to be prescriptive. 

you don’t know how to write acadEmy or awarEness but you think you can tell people how to speak? okay. fuck off.

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