One Day at Dachau

I cannot think of anything more representative of the absolute worst that humans are capable of than the words on this gate. Arbeit Macht Frei--Work Makes You Free. How long did these gates stand before the words on them took on the meaning they now have? I can't imagine stepping off of a train, not quite knowing what was in store but fearing the worst, and seeing this phrase.

That Time I Got to See Jane Goodall

  Sitting in a pretty packed auditorium, I reflected on the last couple of days. Some rather fortuitous Facebook browsing combined with the generosity of my old department chair/honors advisor, Mary Baker, as well as some of her colleagues who managed to get ahold of tickets before they were openly available to the public had … Continue reading That Time I Got to See Jane Goodall

So What’s Up With That Peruvian Mummy Anyway?

So part of the Pedal Powered Anthropology project is to help laypeople better understand science. Particularly anthropology and its subfields, but since anthropology can conceivably cover anything ever, it's all fair game as far as I'm concerned. So let's start now. Hoaxes and pseudoscience aren't unfamiliar topics, and I'm pretty confident that anyone who finds … Continue reading So What’s Up With That Peruvian Mummy Anyway?