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Go to: If only more people took this approach.

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I've never ever been a fan, but why do some people overreact to harmless comments, especially if it's uttered by someone who just happens to be famous? Less virulent would be the reaction if Radcliffe were a complete nobody. Fan-made art (imagine teenager) and book chapters and videos (e.g. Carl Sagan) and posters need not always be over-analyzed. For example, Brad Pitt happens to be an atheist, even made some passing remarks about it in the media once or twice, but why care so much? Unless you're a longtime admirer, or hater of the actor. Although I do understand that there are people who just enjoy overreacting -- it fuels their otherwise boring day... who knows.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:53:09 UTC | #893624

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Perhaps something to do with the baggage of the words. For example, one study found that 19 female-to-male trans-men used 33 different combinations of labels to describe themselves... whereas the term 'transexual' would have been pretty adequate in most cases. There are a slew of academic books and papers that delve on 'identity' formation and development out there.

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:47:26 UTC | #886230

Go to: In The Tubes: Intelligence Squared Presents Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry

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no time, inclination, or resources to think more deeply about such issues I suppose.

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:34:03 UTC | #886216

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Dinesh D'Souza is, of course, a blithering idiot.

Below is an excerpt from Robert Bednarik's most recent book 'The Human Condition' :

... preoccupation with the “short range” proposition of a cognitive “explosion” around 40 ka ago has thrown a long shadow over the preceding part of the human journey. It has effectively prevented the acceptance of any form of advanced behavior or accomplishment by previous hominins, such as their incredible colonizations across the sea, or their use of complex symbolisms. Evidence of some of these feats extends back in the order of 800 ka to one million years ago; others appear first manifested during the course of the Middle Pleistocene period (780–127 ka ago).

Toward the end of the Early Pleistocene, hominins apparently began to discriminate between “exotic” articles (such as crystal prisms, fossil casts, unusually shaped, or colored stones) and “ordinary” ones (Bednarik 1990a; Dissanayake 1988). For instance, the collection of crystal prisms, often much too small to have served as a source for stone tool material, has been noted in several Mode 1 and Mode 2 assemblages: Zhoukoudian, China (with Homo erectus remains; Pei 1931: 120); Singi Talav, India (Lower Acheulian; d’Errico et al. 1989); Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel (Goren-Inbar et al. 1991); Gudenushöhle, Austria (Bednarik 1988); and Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa, up to 800 ka ago (Bednarik 1993a). It was also in the earliest part of the Middle Pleistocene that hominins left the very first evidence of one of the most important indicators of symboling, the use of pigment (Bednarik 1990b, 1992, 1994b, 2003b). This may roughly coincide with the expansion of humans into Europe (agreement on the timing of this event is still elusive, however, and several pre-1 Ma dates have been proposed, including the earliest, of 1.57 Ma at Lézignan-la-Cèbe, southern France; Crochet et al. 2009), possibly via the Strait of Gibraltar (Bednarik 1999a); and certainly does so with the introduction of seafaring in Wallacea, Indonesia (Bednarik 1999b, 2001a, 2003c).

There's a lot to argue with in the book, but Bednarik has done more than enough to challenge even some my own cherished beliefs about prehistory. Yeah, I know, it's waaay overpriced! You can blame the academic publishers for that. But then, like most written stuff nowadays -- even this early! -- you'll find 'copies' floating around on the net.

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:40:26 UTC | #860036

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