Humans: From Stone Age to Space Age

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From stone tools to smartphones, this course explores how different groups of human beings have variously interacted, inhabited, adapted to and altered our world. Through an overview of the discipline of anthropology and its four subfields (biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology), students learn about the diversity of human life across both time and space in order to better understand the biological and cultural bases of human behaviours, languages, and worldviews. 

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by A.Pooladian on May 13, 2014
When I was first introduced to the topic of cyborgs, I was watching Terminator with my father, terrified at the thought of half-metal, half-flesh entities existing in my world consisting primarily of Winnie the Pooh and other various cartoons. Fast forward 10 years and I’m learning about cyborgs in my anthropology class. I now know that my preconceived, prepubescent ideas on the matter were completely flawed.

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by J.M on May 13, 2014
              Food today is a topic talked about on a daily basis amongst all people all over the world. It is what we all have in common.  We no longer only use food as a means of survival but as leisure for simple enjoyment when there may not be anything else to do. We all know that we tend to turn to food when we get bored or have nothing else to turn to, because it is always there. But has food always been this easy to access or is it just a product of the modern world?

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by Adam Ziri on May 13, 2014
  The boat is leaving. You can either get on, or pray to god that you don't drown. "If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got" - Albert Einstein. Imagine taking a bicycle ride up a hill. When you pedal as hard as you can, you will inevitably find yourself moving upwards, moving towards your goal of reaching the peak. However, if you decide to become dormant and inactive, not only will you stop advancing, you will actually begin to slip downwards.

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by Heston on May 12, 2014
            If you’ve been alive these past couple of years, you may be aware of the obsession with zombies in North America. If not, then you’ve just proven the existence of an animated corpse, yourself, and can now read the rest of the article without a worry. For the rest of us though, this fascination with the undead has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry, with countless movies, television shows, and even people going so far as to prepare for a zombie apocalypse by buying guns, ammo, food and shelters.

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by sarahmurphy on May 12, 2014
Traditionally, our kin have made up the most important network of people in our lives. Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins are some of the relatives that we would include within our kinship community. Friendship, however, is a bond formed between people who do not share any DNA whatsoever. It is in our nature, as primates, to form friendships. Even rhesus monkeys make friends!

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by Zachary Kogan on May 12, 2014
  Growing a beard. To touch or not to touch the Conference Trophy. Throwing hats on the ice when a player scores 3 goals in one game. These are all examples of rituals that can be observed by players and fans alike during the National Hockey League Playoffs. 

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by XXD on May 9, 2014
  “People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they have been taught that information is useful, they are more willing to drown than they need be.” – Idries Shah, author and teacher.

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by vince on May 8, 2014
According to John McWhorter, linguistic professor at Columbia University, regular Time Magazine columnist, and author of a dozen books on language, language can be separated into two branches; speech and writing. In his TedTalk entitled “Txting is Killing Language. JK!!!”, McWhorter describes speech as loose, casual talk divided into packets of 7-10 words that are very simple and easy to understand. Contrastingly, writing is much more complex, it is a conscious process that is characteristically very reflective. 

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Thank you for the comment! :)
Which sentence was hard to read? I'd be happy to clear it up for you, though I think you got the main idea. It is basically that we are so bombarded with new, cool technology nowadays that we rarely stop to think about where it is coming from and the risks behind their uses.

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