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A Field Guide to Trump’s Swamp

 
The president-elect has populated “the swamp” with power brokers who are marred by potential conflicts of interest. Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Artificially Intelligent, Genuinely a Person

 

It’s difficult to overstate our society’s fascination with Artificial Intelligence (AI). From the millions of people who tuned in every week for the new HBO show WestWorld to home assistants like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, Americans fully embrace the notion of “smart machines.” As a peculiar apex of our ability to craft tools, smart machines are revolutionizing our lives at home, at work, and nearly every other facet of society.

The Revolutionary Genius of Neanderthals

 

For the last dozen years or so, Geico Insurance has run commercials featuring Neanderthals in modern contexts. The story line varies, but the take-home point does not: Switching to Geico is so easy that “even a cave man can do it,” says the tag line. The Neanderthal’s feelings are invariably hurt, and a stereotype gets perpetuated. Do Neanderthals really deserve such derision?

‘Society Must Be Defended’
Inside Higher Ed

Some anthropologists are taking a different approach. They are planning events that day in which people — together at locations across the country or virtually connected — will read and discuss a lecture presented by Michel Foucault, the late ..

Çatalhöyük figurines symbolize ‘elderly women, not Cybele’

Two plump woman figurines unearthed in the 9,000-year-old Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük represent elderly women, not the Anatolian mother goddess Cybele as was earlier believed, according to an expert
 
Hostels used to be reliably inexpensive options for backpackers. That is no longer the case. Michelle Jones

In May 2014, having recently completed my master’s degree in anthropology, I pulled together what funds I had and escaped to Spain for a few weeks.

Nadav Samin’s research examines culture of Saudi Arabia
The Dartmouth
Anthropology professor Nadav Samin arrived at the College in 2014 to teach in the anthropology department. Since then, Samin has taught courses in anthropology, government, history and the Jewish studies program. Samin earned a doctorate in Near .

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