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Posted: 31 January 2013 03:20 PM   [ Ignore ]
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H2, Wolter: Unearthing America (updated link)

I think that’s a good anthropology video series.  What do you think?  They’re on the H2 television channel, or you can watch them the Realplayer over the web.The host describes himself as a forensic archaeologist.

Science: Dark Matters

This one is interesting, the display a lot of medical experiments.  The dark part about them is that many of them were not done for the patient’s benefit, nor with fully informed consent.  Some episodes are sad in that way, but the science discoveries are still interesting.

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Posted: 31 January 2013 10:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 31 January 2013 03:20 PM

Science: Dark Matters

This one is interesting, the display a lot of medical experiments.  The dark part about them is that many of them were not done for the patient’s benefit, nor with fully informed consent.  Some episodes are sad in that way, but the science discoveries are still interesting.

I think this is really important because we have to decide what to do with this stuff.  Some uncontrolled experiments have already gone too far.

I think children being bombarded with television for the last 50 years has been an uncontrolled experiment.  Corporations can hire psychologists to help design commercials but what is the cumulative effect?  Now we have bio-hackers doing who knows what.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 06:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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H2, Wolter: Unearthing America

I think that’s a good anthropology video series.  What do you think?  They’re on the H2 television channel, or you can watch them the Realplayer over the web.The host describes himself as a forensic archaeologist.


It does generate interest in anthropology but has that cryptozoology flair for TV audiences. I saw a few minutes of a show and the claims were spurious at best. I believe it was about the Kensington Stone which has been completely debunked. The new one on Mayan immigration to Georgia is just wrong. Anthropologists would have been all over this with hundreds of peer reviewed papers and AFAIK none have even postulated that idea. The mounds and artifacts have been attributed to cultural diffusion and not the migration of a whole group. We even have obsidian artifacts in the mounds here but the Mayans didn’t troop to Ohio in order to plant them in the adena graves. So take this program with a grain of salt. Interesting that the host is a forensic anthropologist whose job is to solve murders by examining human remains. Why not a cultural anthropologist or an archeologist?


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Posted: 21 March 2013 06:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Anybody like Treasure Detectives, they research art to see if it is the famous artwork or not?  They research the artist, their life a little bit, what type of works they made and what techniques they made, the size of the artwork, etc. and try to match everything they can to the piece that they examine.  I seems a bit weak, if the artist could make it then so could a faker, don’t buy that expensive antique artwork, people, pretty witty please.  Buy new art, if you want art. smile  How ‘bout the History Detectives, they research history/art old things to see if they are truly connected to a historical person/place/event, its a spin-off of the Antique Roadshow.  The History Detectives I like, they talk to people who were directly involved, or to experts on that historical topic, using original documents, etc.

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Posted: 21 March 2013 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I like em both, especially “The History Detectives”. They actually do the research and show their work. It does however, simplify the time spent on researching a topic. It may take months instead of a few days but they only have an hour to come to some conclusion. What they do show is that there are still a lot of historical treasures waiting to be found and many people have no idea what they have hidden away in that trunk in the attic, e.g. I’ve had kids bring me rare coins their uncle gave them that we’re worth megabucks. Last week a student showed me a Morgan Dollar and wanted to know what it was worth. It was a rare 1878 issue CC mint worth over $500.00. But I guess that would an item for the “Treasure Detectives”. Anyway, both are fun show to watch.

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Thevillageatheist - 21 March 2013 10:15 AM

I like em both, especially “The History Detectives”. They actually do the research and show their work. It does however, simplify the time spent on researching a topic. It may take months instead of a few days but they only have an hour to come to some conclusion. What they do show is that there are still a lot of historical treasures waiting to be found and many people have no idea what they have hidden away in that trunk in the attic, e.g. I’ve had kids bring me rare coins their uncle gave them that we’re worth megabucks. Last week a student showed me a Morgan Dollar and wanted to know what it was worth. It was a rare 1878 issue CC mint worth over $500.00. But I guess that would an item for the “Treasure Detectives”. Anyway, both are fun show to watch.

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Posted: 03 April 2013 08:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Intelligence Squared: Does science refute God? this debate with Lawrence Krauss, Michael Shermer, Ian Hutchinson, and Dinesh D’Souza.  Enjoy humanists. smile

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asanta - 22 March 2013 12:15 AM

I used to send my sons to elementary school with an original unpublished picture my aunt took of MLK when he gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech. After a few years, one teacher suggested it might be valuable, and told me not to send it again. Ooops—-she was right.  gulp


Wow, great! An MLKJ, “I have a dream” photo.  That’s a real piece of history, do take care of that, priceless.  Good one Asanta.  smile  I’ve got photos of the Space Shuttle Columbia launch, they’re not a good as your photos though.  smile

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I used to send my sons to elementary school with an original unpublished picture my aunt took of MLK when he gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech. After a few years, one teacher suggested it might be valuable, and told me not to send it again. Ooops—-she was right. 

Just found this Asanta. I’ve been out of the loop for a while with work. And hell yes it’s worth something. Unpublished photos of MLK, especially autographed pics are worth up to $2,500 and I’ve seen them at $500.00 depending on the theme. Yours might be more as it was taken at the height of his career and is his most famous speech. Hand written items like letters and notes sell for thousands of dollars. That’s a real keepsake and personally I wouldn’t sell it but pass it down to their sons, but you already know that!

 

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Thevillageatheist - 03 April 2013 07:01 PM

I used to send my sons to elementary school with an original unpublished picture my aunt took of MLK when he gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech. After a few years, one teacher suggested it might be valuable, and told me not to send it again. Ooops—-she was right. 

Just found this Asanta. I’ve been out of the loop for a while with work. And hell yes it’s worth something. Unpublished photos of MLK, especially autographed pics are worth up to $2,500 and I’ve seen them at $500.00 depending on the theme. Yours might be more as it was taken at the height of his career and is his most famous speech. Hand written items like letters and notes sell for thousands of dollars. That’s a real keepsake and personally I wouldn’t sell it but pass it down to their sons, but you already know that!

 

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I don’t think Asanta said it was signed. But it still might fetch a few hundred dollars if she decides to sell it.

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