The Australian Journal of Anthropology – Selected Free Papers

Publishers Wiley InterScience have made available a handful of pretty interesting papers, which concentrate on anthropological studies in Australia and neighbouring Asia, and are listed as follows: "They Always Seem to be Angry": The Cronulla Riot and the Civilising Pleasures of the Sun Andrew Lattas   Materialising Oceania: New Ethnographies of Things in Melanesia and... Continue Reading →

Tool Use in Wild Orang-utans Modifies Sound Production: A Functionally Deceptive Innovation? – Proc. R.Soc B.

Here's the abstract of a paper which is freely available from the Royal Society, in which deceptive communication facilitated by tool use in Bornean orang-utans comes under the spotlight. The kiss-squeak may not be familiar to all, so here's a link to a page at the University of Zurich where different types can be heard,... Continue Reading →

Four Stone Hearth #80 @ Middle Savagery

Although I somehow completely missed this latest Four Stone Hearth in that I didn't even remember it was happening this week, the 80th edition is nevertheless now online at Middle Savagery, so be sure to check it out. The first few entries look at tool use, Ardipithecus ramidus and of course, Neanderthals, without whom no... Continue Reading →

Into the Uncanny Valley – Seed Magazine

This via Mind Hacks - Seed Magazine have published a piece by Joe Kloc, in which he looks at the relationship between humans and life-like robots, with regard to the so-called 'uncanny valley' effect, described here at Wikipedia: (Masahiro) Mori's hypothesis states that as a robot is made more humanlike in its appearance and motion,... Continue Reading →

Open Access – ‘Learning to Share’

  The Times Higher Education supplement, as mentioned by PLoS, has an interesting and informative article on the current state of play regarding open access, peer review, copyright and  funding, amongst other items for consideration. As will be apparent, there are deep divides between the publishing companies, universities, academics and libraries as to what degree... Continue Reading →

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