Mankind Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, Winter

Australian Ice Age Rock Art May Depict Earth's Oldest Recordings of Shamanistic Rituals
Bradshaw rock art, unique to the Kimberley, Northwestern Australia, depicts human-like figures characterized by extensive headdresses and elaborate body ornamentation.Numerous figures seem to float in space, as though in ecstatic behavior. Bradshaws,...
Characteristics of Prisoners in the California Department of Corrections: Race, Ethnicity, and Other Aspects
A study of data from the California Department of Corrections -- the system in California for adult prisoners - shows that there are more Hispanic prisoners than any other group, with African-Americans second in percentage incarcerated. Other data, from...
Did Cannibalism and Spongiform Encephalopathy Contribute to the Demise of the Neanderthals?
There is palaeological evidence that Neanderthals ate the brain tissue of their own deceased as well as that of deer and goats. This would expose each participating individual to the risks of contracting an animal spongiform encephalopathy. Those who...
Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations
Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations. by Richard Lynn Praeger, Westport, CT: Praeger 1996 ISBN 0-275-94917-6 In this entertaining and informative book, Lynn has pulled together the literature of human dysgenics. Here is a place to start...
'Elen of the Hosts': Part II of St. Alban and the End of Roman Britain
In a continuation of his investigation into the origins of the legend of St. Alban of Romano-British tradition, begun in the article entitled the "St. Alban and the End of Roman Britain", the author here investigates further the Brittonic, Cornish and...
Evans-Pritchard and Segmentary Structures Amongst the Nuer: A Reappraisal
What used to be called the "historical-particularist" approach to anthropological theory, as also "structuralism," has in recent decades fallen into neglect, but this author believes that contemporary anthropological theorists would do well not to overlook...
Genes, Peoples and Languages
Genes, Peoples and Languages by Luigi Cavalli-Sforza Princeton University Press The New York Times has hailed Genes, Peoples, and Languages, the new book by Professor Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, the dean of population geneticists, for "dismantling the...
How Good Is Your Country?
How Good is Your Country? by Raymond C. Cattell Institute for the Study of Man, Washington D.C. ISBN 0-941694-44-5 Paperback. 120 pages. The late Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Research Psychology, Raymond C. Cattell, a pre-eminent authority on...
Mean Genes: From Sex to Money and Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts
Mean Genes: From Sex to Money and Food: Taming our Primal Instincts By Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan Perseus Book Group. 2000, ISBN 0-738202-30-4 Mean Genes by Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan is described as a owner's guide for the human body. Terry Burnham...
Social Behavior: Making the Best of the Human Condition
Human social behavior is driven by emotions that involve agreeable and punishing sensations. We are inclined to be nice because kindness feels good while misconduct is disturbing. This evolutionary strategy laid down in humans is forceful and flexible,...
The Effect of Hairdressing on the Self-Esteem of Men and Women
This study investigated the effect of enhancement of physical appearance through hairdressing on the self-esteem of men and women. In a pilot study, 20 clients (equal genders) of a hairdressing salon completed a 33-item questionnaire on aspects of self-esteem,...
The One-Eyed God: Odin and the (Indo-)Germanic Mannerbunde
The One-Eyed God: Odin and the (Indo-)Germanic Mannerbunde by Kris Kershaw Institute for the Study of Man, Washington DC., 2000. 306 pages, $48.00 ISBN:0-941694-74-7. This is a remarkably comprehensive study of the god Odin and related Indo-European,...

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