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Gentlemen and Amazons : Cynthia Eller - University of California Press
"Gentlemen and Amazons traces the nineteenth-century genesis and development of an important contemporary myth about human origins: that of an original prehistoric matriarchy. Cynthia Eller explores the intellectual history of the myth, which arose from male scholars who mostly wanted to vindicate the patriarchal family model as a higher stage of human development. Eller tells the stories these men told, analyzes the gendered assumptions they made, and provides the necessary context for understanding how feminists of the 1970s and 1980s embraced as historical “fact” a discredited nineteenth-century idea."
book  publisher  history  anthropology  myth  matriarchy  gender  prehistory 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Persistence of Belief in a Flat Earth « Roger Launius's Blog
"A fascinating issues to be considered when thinking about such things as belief in a flat Earth, it seems to me, revolves around issues of scientific versus other types of authority. A hallmark of the scientific revolution was the privileging of scientific knowledge over other types—political, religious, economic, social, or cultural. Deference to this authority reached a zenith in the middle twentieth century, as it embedded intrinsically into the philosophy of Progressivism at the turn of the century emphasizing professionalism and scientific and technological expertise over politics in the solving of national problems."
science  authority  flat-earth  mythology  myth  expertise  20c  power 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Myth Of Creativity
The sobering truth is that the dramatic artistic creations or intellectual insights we most admire for their striking "creativity" matter little for economic growth. Creative new clothes or music may change fashion, but are soon eclipsed by newer fashions. Large and lasting economic innovations, like steam engines or cell phones, are rare and tend to be independently "invented" by many people. One less visionary would matter little.

Instead, the innovations that matter most are the millions of small changes we constantly make to our billions of daily procedures and arrangements.
creativity  invention  novelty  innovation  business  myth 
june 2010 by tsuomela
2012: Carnival of Bunkum | h+ Magazine
In his Reality Sandwich remarks, Davis wondered “what is gained by... believing that the wizards of a rather bloody jungle culture foretold our moment of rising C02 levels and suicide bombers.” Point taken. Premonitions of the End of Days and prophecies of a Space Odyssey-like leap in species consciousness, in 2012, are just the same old bedtime story -- a story we never seem to tire of hearing, about the moment (forever forestalled) when there will be “wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below,” as the Book of Acts has it -- when the sun will go dark and the moon will turn blood red and time shall be no more. The environmental crises and geopolitical pathologies of our times -- “rising C02 levels and suicide bombers” and the sufferings of the wretched of the Earth, like the Guatemalan Maya -- demand that we step up to our social responsibilities and engage passionately with the issues of our age.
newage  myth  film  movie(2012)  culture  appropriation  mayan  south-america  ancient  calendar 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Letting Go of Heroes | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
Despite all the teams who’ve gone in search of them, perhaps many of those who have invested their own dreams of success and escape into figures like Amelia Earhart and Everett Ruess really don’t want them found. Why? Because the dreams are so much better than any real story, and represent the happiness of possibility, instead of the very real risk of failure that any heroic or adventurous quest entails.
fame  heroism  exploration  story-telling  myth  mythology  1930s  mystery  truth 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Mythology of Violence
mentions Richard Slotkin's regeneration through violence thesis in connection with a review of Fight Club
mythology  myth  violence  movie  review 
july 2008 by tsuomela
Net Gen Nonsense
This blog is dedicated to debunking the myth of the net generation, particularly as it relates to learning, teaching and the use of technology.
online  culture  generational-analysis  myth  net-generation 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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