For many years now Adrienne Martini has been posting periodic collections of links on her blog. In imitation I do the same, in order to display the shiny things I’ve picked up around the Interwebs, and, more crucially, to get the damn things out of my Tabs.
- “Industry” used to be something celebrated with murals and bas-relief. At some point in the last century, that stopped being the case. What happened?
- Not one, but two articles about egalitarianism in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Teotihuacan is a fascinating subject, the “Aztec’s model for urban living” according to one book I own.
- “Parenting Doesn’t Matter”: Not the first time I’ve seen this idea, and there’s a lot to support it. Undermines a lot of conventional wisdom about human agency. The author takes pain to point out this doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in free will. I don’t believe in free will, so I need no such qualifiers.
- “How Joan Didion became Joan Didion“: We appear to be living in a golden moment for Didionania. Nothing much new here, but it’s always a pleasure to spend some time in her company.
- Of the five great extinctions, four were caused by mass volcanism. Don’t worry so much about the asteroids.
- The inimitable Dr. Ada Palmer takes on Steve Pinker. Put a smile on my face.
and the following Wikipedia entries, presented at random:
- Actor-network theory
- Daniel Everett
- Le Spleen de Paris
- Moorish Orthodox Church of America
- Decline and end of the Cucuteni–Trypillia culture