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Monthly Archive for March, 2016

About the Author: Marcus Baynes-Rock is an Australian anthropologist and a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Anthropology. The statuette pictured here is fascinating to me. It’s a 40,000 year-old piece of Mammoth tusk carved into what you see: an apparent human with a lion’s head. Or is it a lion with a human’s body? […]

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In the anthropology department here at Notre Dame, there is a poster that says ‘Anthropologists want to know everything about our species’. There is no corresponding poster in the theology or philosophy departments, but perhaps there ought to be. At least, that is one of the convictions of the Human Distinctiveness Project – that knowing more […]

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About the Author: Emanuele Ratti is a philosopher of biology interested in the epistemology of contemporary molecular biology with a particular focus on how the field is shaped by developments from a small-science regime to a big-science structure. The rising number of PhD candidates in biology is a serious issue. As one study shows, U.S. […]

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Anthropology asks the kinds of questions that many people find fascinating, such as where do we come from and what separates us from the rest of the animal world? When I ask students this question, they tend to think in exclusive terms (i.e., ‘humans are the only primate that has technology’, ‘humans are bipedal’, ‘humans have […]

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As a moral theologian, I was instantly intrigued by a project designed to study the virtues of laboratory natural scientists. The idea that reading the Book of Nature, that studying the natural world, might lead to the cultivation of the virtues has long history. The Hebrew Psalmist and the second-century scholar Claudius Ptolemy believed that […]

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The Search for Wisdom Where can wisdom be found? When I was a little girl I used to like wondering in the woods near our house, and finding a quiet spot, spend time just being, reflecting on the beauty of the first fragile snowdrops. I savored their secret and silent message, that the winter was […]

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