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The Ability to Drink Milk is an Evolutionary Advantage

Posted by Lojah on September 4, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

There is an interesting article making its way around the interwebs these days telling you to throw away the milk ‘cuz it’s baaad for you ‘cuz lotsa folks got the lactose intolerance.

 

This is inaccurate and misleading information. It’s really a vegetarian activist and animal rights argument masquerading as a health warning, making use of fake science in an attempt to add credence to a false premise that milk is bad for us. They probably made up their statistics, but only about 10% of Americans are lactose intolerant, though virtually all Chinese and “full-blood” Native Americans are. (read more at The Moody View)

Rabbi Daniel Lapin and the Secret to Jewish Success

Posted by Lojah on September 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Lapin, Rabbi Daniel (2010) Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money, Second Edition, Hoboken, John Wiley and Sons Inc.

 

Thou Shall Prosper is a fascinating exploration into wealth creation amongst Jews and the values within Jewish communities that encourage financial success. It is organized into 10 separate chapters, titled commandments in imitation of the Laws given to Moses. Written by Daniel Lapin, an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi motivated by a desire to research and catalogue the cultural traits that have contributed to this, making them available to all people. The book promotes what Rabbi Lapin calls Ethical Capitalism. (read More)

 

Native Tribalism in the Twenty-First Century

Posted by Lojah on August 25, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries “Family Values” have been at the forefront of many a politician’s rhetoric in the United States. Though these social servants may think that they mean well, in truth they often have done and do more to hinder family values than they do to help. Indigenous family values have been steadily attacked for the greater span of history, often by the goals and aims of the capitalist mainstream of American and Western society through the colonial process. It is through this process of colonialism and the perpetuation of the values inherent in this philosophy of conquest and assimilation that has brought the plague of impoverished, powerless families in crises to the world. Indigenous peoples in general have always been the primary targets of these acts of aggression against family values, and since the close of the fifteenth century, Native Americans have been the victims of this war on the family. As an Indian and a Stomp Dancer at a traditional ceremonial grounds I have some close ties to this subject as I have witnessed first hand some of the destructive policies of the government in these matters which have long standing and far reaching consequences for people of all races ... (more)

Mass Medias Effect on Anthropology, Nationalism and Native Awareness

Posted by Lojah on August 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Modern anthropological studies are placing an ever growing amount of importance on mass media. This interest came about in large part as a reaction to the up rise of nationalism leading up to World War II, and the growth of mass communication and media. Since that time anthropology has shifted from the mere study of indigenous cultures into the study of nations, states, political ideologies, institutions, and all the instruments of nationalism.

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins; Book Review

Posted by Lojah on December 17, 2010 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dawkins, Richard, (2006) The Selfish Gene, 30th Anniversary edition, New York: Oxford University Press

Reviewed by Jay Moody

     The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins is a remarkable and engaging journey through evolutionary theory. Dawkins’ “selfish gene theory” challenges what he considers common and incorrect notions that the “important thing in evolution is the good of the species.” Dawkins asserts that evolution is in fact a survival and replication strategy of the gene. Written most especially for the layperson, Dawkins’ prose abandons much of the technical jargon of science and replaces it with an informal and metaphorical language designed to be read with the same enthusiasm and comfort as science-fiction.  >Read More Here<


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