The Hipcrime Vocab

Chad C. Mulligan
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  • Hunter-Gatherers and Health - Part 2
    26 Sep 2021 • 27 min read • 2 0
    Humans spent most of our existence as a species hunting and gathering. Therefore, if you want to understand how human physiology evolved, it makes sense to study hunters and gatherers—the people whose...
  • Hunter-Gatherers and Health - Part 1
    11 Sep 2021 • 31 min read • 3 0
    I'm going to be writing a series of posts based on two books published in the last couple of years that have come into my hands: Burn by Herman Pontzer of Duke University (2021), and Exercised by Dani...
  • Magic - Odds & Ends
    29 Aug 2021 • 17 min read • 2 2
    Before I move on, I just want to note a few final thoughts about our most recent topic. This will be a bit rambling, so I apologize. I have referred to this article from Aeon before: The last sacred k...
  • Magic: A History - The Classical World and Early Modern Europe
    15 Aug 2021 • 15 min read • 2 0
    Two important magical aspects of the Classical Mediterranean World Gosden highlights are Oracles and Curse Tablets. Oracles were places where people went to gain knowledge of the future. The most famo...
  • Magic: A History - The Steppe and Prehistoric Europe
    07 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    The Eurasian steppe is a vast swath of land stretching from the Hungarian plain to eastern Siberia consisting of several biomes—grassland in the south; forest and tundra in the north. It is the home o...
  • Magic: A History - Mesopotamia, Egypt and China
    01 Aug 2021 • 17 min read
    In Ancient Mesopotamian society, magic became a highly-regarded and high-status profession, much like a doctor or lawyer today. Āšipu were professional magicians in ancient Mesopotamia. Āšipu were hig...
  • Magic: A History - Prehistory
    18 Jul 2021 • 15 min read • 2 0
    To a large extent, the prehistory of magic is impossible to know. In Gosden’s formulation, magic “has always existed”, but the forms it took—and people’s relationship to it—can only be surmised from t...
  • Magic: a History, by Chris Gosden
    05 Jul 2021 • 17 min read • 2 2
    Theories about the emergence of large-scale civilizations, hierarchy and inequality tend to focus on material conditions—expanding populations, occupational specialization, improved technology, and so...
  • Ultrasociety by Peter Turchin - Review (Part 3)
    09 Jun 2021 • 29 min read • 1 0
    In the previous two reviews, we sketched out the basics of Cultural Multilevel Selection Theory. In the final part of the book, Turchin sketches out some of the ways CMST has played out over the cours...
  • Ultrasociety by Peter Turchin - Review (Part 2)
    23 May 2021 • 20 min read • 1 0
    Part 1 In order for Darwinian natural selection to take place we need a few basic things. First, we need a mechanism for generating variation. Second, we need ways of passing down that variation throu...
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