Daily Archives: 02/19/2013

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat – video

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.

Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. She’s best known as an expert on romantic love, and her beautifully penned books — including Anatomy of Love and Why We Love — lay bare the mysteries of our most treasured emotion. Full bio »

 [Women] tend to collect more pieces of data when they think, put them into more complex patterns, see more options and outcomes. They tend to be contextual, holistic thinkers.” (Helen Fisher)

Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique”: 50 Years Later

Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique”: 50 Years Later     

The Feminine Mystique

Sunday, 17 February 2013 – By Peter Dreier, Truthout | Historical Analysis

The Feminine Mystique – published on February 19, 1963 -“catalyzed the modern feminist movement, helped forever change Americans’ attitudes about women’s role in society and catapulted its author into becoming an influential and controversial public figure.”

Betty Friedan’s book, The Feminine Mystique, identified the “problem that has no name” – which feminists later labeled “sexism.” Three years after its publication – 50 years ago this month – Friedan was instrumental in organizing the National Organization for Women (NOW) and other key groups that helped build the movement for women’s equality. Continue reading

They came before Columbus – Dr Ivan Van Sertima – video

They came before Columbus – Dr Ivan Van Sertima

Lecture given by Dr Ivan Van Sertima discussing African history.
Recorded in 1986 at Camden Town Hall, London. Caribbean Cultural International & Karnak House.  If you like this you may also be interested in the related video “Afrikans in Science”

Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima (26 January 1935 – 25 May 2009) was a historian, linguist and anthropologist at Rutgers University in the United States. He was noted for his controversial theory of pre-Columbian contact between Africa and the Americas.       Continue reading

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima: Afrikans In Science (Ancient & Modern) – video

African History Month – February

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima: Afrikans In Science (Ancient & Modern)

Ivan Van Sertima was born in Guyana, South America. He was educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and the Rutgers Graduate School and holds degrees in African Studies and Anthropology. From 1957-1959 he served as a Press and Broadcasting Officer in the Guyana Information Services. During the decade of the 1960s he broadcast weekly from Britain to Africa and the Caribbean. He is a literary critic, a linguist, an anthropologist and has made a name in all three fields.

In this lecture, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima discusses African history and African Science. This video was recorded in 1986, at Camden Town Hall London, in the Caribbean Cultural International & Karnak House. The topic of this lecture is entitled, Afrikans in Science (Ancient & Modern).    Continue reading