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poetry-siir · a day ago
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I hope the universe blesses you with a moment of peace this week. You’re doing the right thing, and you’re going to be okay.
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siir-poesia · 2 days ago
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“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”
― Patrick Ness
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noosphe-re · 2 days ago
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Oksapmin 27-body part count system https://culturecognition.com/new-page-3 Geoffrey Saxe
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linguisticdiscovery · a day ago
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Unlike earlier anatomical developments relating to vocal communication, such as the descended larynx, the Neanderthals' enhanced motor control over the tongue and breathing, and their auditory capacity matching that of modern humans, are best explained as having been specifically selected by evolution for vocal communication.
~ Steven Mithen, The singing Neanderthals, p. 226
While Neanderthals probably didn't have language as we know it today, it's likely they had some form of rudimentary communication.
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homosexual-having-tea · 10 months ago
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You ever think about how unified humanity is by just everyday experiences? Tudor peasants had hangnails, nobles in the Qin dynasty had favorite foods, workers in the 1700s liked seeing flowers growing in pavement cracks, a cook in medieval Iran teared up cutting onions, a mom in 1300 told her son not to get grass stains on his clothes, some girl in the past loved staying up late to see the sun rise.
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average-monster · 10 months ago
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I see a lot of talk about how neurodivergence evolved and stayed in the gene pool because it was somehow ‘useful’ to our ancient ancestors. While I don’t necessarily disagree with this theory, I would like to propose an alternative. A theory that we already have physical evidence for. Humans just love each other and care for each other. Don’t you think that a species that cared for it’s people while they recovered from broken bones, or nursed their elderly well beyond their ‘usefulness’ would leave a member out because they didn’t make eye contact, or couldn’t stay focused on a particular task, or whatever other trait you associate with neurodivergence? I really don’t.
Sure, maybe it was useful to have someone around who didn’t mind making arrowheads all day, or who knew absolutely everything about all of the local flora and fauna, or who keyed in on every little distraction. At the end of the day, though, these people weren’t kept around because they were useful, they were cared for because they were loved.
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whoooooisthis · 4 months ago
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the feminine urge to mourn lost cultures and empires. for your heart to ache every time you remember how many languages no longer have speakers, how many ruins are abandoned, how many people lived happy lives before you. to feel melancholy and longing every time you study history - of this world or another, even fictional. to want to play a role in history, but in the same time fear dying, passing, being forgotten like those thousands before you.
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trovador-de-versos · 3 months ago
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I crave the most innocent parts of a relationship. Like holding hands, forehead kisses and being able to tell someone how much I adore them…
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ifiwasaghost · 6 months ago
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literary-connection · a month ago
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"I give because I know how it feels to want."
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taibhsearachd · 14 days ago
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I meant to make a longer post about this, might do at some point, but I just need to point out... that at one point in history... in an era that’s technically considered “prehistory”, because no one had writing at this point, at the very beginning of something we can generously call cities...
A family of four could spend three weeks harvesting the grain that grew wild around them, and they would not have to do that again for an entire year. (As a note: this wild grain? literally could never stand up to modern crops, which have been selectively bred since then for yield and hardiness and etc.) They didn’t have to pay rent, because that wasn’t a thing yet. They didn’t have to pay for water, because water’s fucking WATER, everyone has a right to it. Three weeks of (admittedly hard, probably “leave your body aching” labor), and your family is fed for an entire year. Yeah, you definitely want to supplement that with gardening and buying some meat from your neighbor who raises goats, but your whole family can fully live on three weeks of work.
And we, in this day and age, where we can absolutely produce enough food to make sure no one goes hungry, act as if working yourself to death is a virtue, because our ancestors had it worse... Our oldest ancestors worked very little just to get by. The idea that you will always have to be at work constantly just to live... that’s new, and that’s absurd. Those ancient people I’m talking about, who could get a year’s worth of sustenance for a few weeks of work... they painted their walls with the most beautiful murals. All of them did, in every house we can reconstruct. They had free time and the ability to artistically improve their space, and they did that. In the oldest city we know of.
They didn’t have to work eight hours a day to live their lives. That’s entirely artificial, absurd, capitalistic bullshit. Humans were built to work as little as possible for maximum benefit to the individual and the group... and somehow that’s become warped into spending our lives working for the bare minimum so a few billionaires can live like god-kings. None of this is natural. None of it is inherent. This *can* be overturned and made into a new form that actually respects the humanity of the individual.
We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings
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genderqueer-klinger · 10 months ago
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Wild horses just make me so emotional man just look at those living cave paintings
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noosphe-re · 2 days ago
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In mathematics education, ethnomathematics is the study of the relationship between mathematics and culture. Often associated with "cultures without written expression", it may also be defined as "the mathematics which is practised among identifiable cultural groups". It refers to a broad cluster of ideas ranging from distinct numerical and mathematical systems to multicultural mathematics education. The goal of ethnomathematics is to contribute both to the understanding of culture and the understanding of mathematics, and mainly to lead to an appreciation of the connections between the two.
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ochipi · 19 days ago
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Weird things I have done as an archaeologist
Washing cannonballs
Comparing human leg bones to my leg
Balancing knee caps to see if they’re left or right
Smashed my head on a drill handle while I tried to look cool dropping 3 meters of stainless steel down a hole
Trying to rescue mice out of the trench using a shovel and screaming how you’re trying to help
Glass still cuts skin, even after 500 years. And me being the dumbass I am to swipe my finger across to clean it
Getting distracted because you’re convinced these two pottery shards match in some place
Pushing my thumb into the decorative indentation a potter has made 300 years ago cuz I’m still a child
Trying to match shoe prints to one of your colleagues
Surely google knows the brand name on this 100 year old shoe shine can
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siir-poesia · 6 months ago
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I don’t want to be a sweetheart. I want to be the fucking love of your life.
ousia-poetica
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shitacademicswrite · 5 months ago
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poetry-siir · 6 months ago
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What i like about her is that she blooms whether you water her or not, whether you give her light or not. She exists without your existence.
Dorian A
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prokopetz · 5 months ago
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I mean, given the Way Humans Are, we can never completely rule out the possibility that some of those hard-to-decipher inscriptions were made for the explicit purpose of annoying and confusing future generations. Spending dozens of hours bashing glyphs into solid rock for no other purpose than to troll hypothetical future observers is absolutely a thing some people would do.
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trovador-de-versos · 3 months ago
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Practice safe sex, tie your partner down to the bed so they don’t fall off.
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vagueshape · 14 days ago
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Fun fact: one of the reasons why we stopped using thou is because people hated the quakers.
"Thou" was the informal "you" and "You" was formal, and the quakers just kinda refused to use the formal one because they were all about egalitarianism. A lot of people didn't want to be mistaken for quakers so they started only using formal "you" to avoid that. And it basically ended up being phased out of English because of that. And that's why we don't have formal and informal "you" like other languages do!
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