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There's No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label
I'll probably never forget when my seventh-grade social studies teacher (who was black) told us that the three races were caucasoid, negroid, and mongoloid, and that unless these names were used someone wasn't being racist. Then my African-American studies teacher in tenth grade taught us about how race is a construct
science  culture  via:kottke 
1 hour ago by trvrplk
Matt Haughey on Twitter: "My favorite grad school geography/history tidbit came from a Soils professor that worked around mining. It goes like this: In the American West and Midwest you can tell who settled a city by how it looks on a map. Let me explain
"My favorite grad school geography/history tidbit came from a Soils professor that worked around mining. It goes like this: In the American West and Midwest you can tell who settled a city by how it looks on a map. Let me explain…

A town settled by miners or lumberjacks is interested in making money FAST. Roads go from mountains to town centers where the sawmill or assay office is. Adding switchbacks takes too much time & money. On maps, these cities typically follow a star pattern from above.

Farmers have time. Crops follow seasons, year after year, over decades. Making money is slow. Their cities follow grid patterns where the streets are 1st, 2nd, 3rd going one direction and A Street, B Street, C Street the other. On maps, farmer towns look like logical squares.

Here are two towns in South Dakota: one settled by farmers, one by miners. Spot the difference.

From now on, whenever you look at a map of the American West, you’ll know something about each town’s history in an instant.:"
matthaughey  geography  cities  towns  architecture  culture  design  environment  history  farming  time  mining  lumber  speed  money  americanwest  maps  mapping  patterns  midwest  settlement 
1 hour ago by robertogreco
Grant McCracken (Author & Anthropologist) - Culture Camp 2018
Culture Camp is a one-day workshop led by cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken. The immersive day will sharpen your culture knowledge and use it to solve urgent, vexing business problems.

This culture camp will show how a new mastery of culture can help us see ourselves (and our products) from the consumer’s point of view, find ‘blue oceans’ of opportunity and black swans’ of disruption, and capture several kinds of hidden value.
professionaldevelopment  anthropology  culture  events  strategy  workshops  planning 
3 hours ago by eugenexxv
Culture At Netflix | Netflix Jobs
Culture At Netflix Entertainment, like friendship, is a fundamental human need; it changes how we feel and gives us common ground. Netflix is better entertainment at lower cost and greater scale than the world has ever seen. We want to entertain everyone, and make the world smile. via Pocket
ifttt  pocket  business  culture  management  startup 
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