The Explore page is dedicated to sharing engaging resources like videos, articles, book reviews, links and more. Check this space every few days for new content!

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17/8/2020

 

https://youtu.be/jHoxZF3ZgTo

A link to a video playlist where the Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins presents a series titled 'Growing up in the Universe' at The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children on topics including life, the universe and our place in it. Despite the name, this series of fascinating lectures is aimed at all ages as Dawkins uses live demonstrations, graphics, artifacts and more to explain scientific concepts in a clear engaging way. 100% binge-worthy!

12/8/2020

 

https://aeon.co/ideas/anthropology-is-far-from-licking-the-problem-of-fossil-ages

An article that discusses the challenges anthropologists face when trying to chronologically order archaic humans into our evolutionary past, including the newly found Homo naledi. In the 19th century, the common technique to determine the age of a fossil was...licking it! Apparently, an ancient fossilized bone would stick to the tongue whilst a recent bone would not. However, with the advent of technological advancements, researchers are now able to use sophisticated methods like radiocarbon dating to accurately learn more about our fascinating past. 

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9/8/2020

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the social sciences, ethnography and of course anthropology! Here, Barley gives an intimate first-hand almost diary-like account of his time studying the Dowayo tribe in Cameroon in a humorous and insightful way. Reading this will allow you to grasp the significant role cultural relativism plays in ethnographic research and the value of methods like participant observation in fully understanding a culture and its people. 

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5/8/2020

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORthzIOEf30&list=PL4eLDHJFxLR1JmeTYObO1fkRJlE1nAAkI&index=22&t=0s

A link to a mind-blowing TED talk by Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky where he suggests that in order to fully understand people’s actions, we must look at extreme timescales from seconds to millions of years in our evolutionary past. He explains, with real-life examples from John Newton, former slave trader who later helped abolish slavery in the British Empire to the WW1 Christmas truce, the incredible potential of human change from our worst to our best behaviors.