what is this?

what is this … toy? … that this kid is pulling after himself in this painting?:

medieval toy

he seems to have a ball loaded on to it — or in it. is it a kind-of a toy cart just without wheels? or do you think it’s some sort of basket thing for playing a lacrosse-like ball game?

these two kids are part of a larger medieval painting that’s on the cover of a book titled Medieval Families, but i haven’t figured out what the title of the painting is.

this slightly naughty little boy also appears to be pulling his sister’s hair. some human (primate) behaviors seem to be pretty universal across both space and time! (~_^)

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linkfest – 06/12/11

Human ancestors in Eurasia earlier than thought“Stone fragments found in Georgia suggest Homo erectus might have evolved outside Africa.”

Early Americans helped colonise Easter Island

Going ape: Ultraviolence and our primate cousins

Fair Chase“On the plains of New Mexico, a band of elite marathoners tests a controversial theory of evolution: that humans can outrun the fastest animals on earth.”

Stop On Red! The Effects of Color May Lie Deep in Evolution…

Scared of nuclear power, dummy? – from the audacious.

Women warriors show resilience similar to men – “Study examines mental health of recent veterans of US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” — this may apply to the women in the armed forces now, but i wouldn’t be so sure it would apply your average woman.

Superstitions Have Evolutionary Basis

Brain scans appear to show changes associated with violent behavior“A brain imaging study suggests that men with a history of violent behavior may have greater gray matter volume in certain brain areas, whereas men with a history of substance use disorders may have reduced gray matter volume in other brain areas….”

Agnostics and Big 5 personality traits – from the inductivist.

Brain imaging study of preschoolers with ADHD detects brain differences linked to symptoms“Smaller brain volumes associated with severity of ADHD symptoms”

When Is a Child’s Brain Ready for Maths? – @al fin.

bonus: Johann Hari: It’s not just Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The IMF itself should be on trial << read this.

kids and media

Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American Children


“When it comes to spending time using computers for entertainment, Asian youth lead the way, spending an average of almost three hours (2:53) a day among 8- to 18-year-olds, followed by Hispanic youth at 1:49, Blacks at 1:24, and Whites at 1:17. [See Table 22]

“Asian youth have more computers at home and are more likely to have a computer in their bedroom. [See Table 23] Asian youth are also substantially more likely to have their own laptop than White youth (41% of Asians, 35% of Hispanics, 33% of Blacks, and 24% of Whites). Hispanic youth spend more time using computers than White youth do, despite the fact that they have fewer computers at home and are less likely to have home Internet access than their White or Asian peers (74% of Hispanics and 78% of Blacks, compared with 89% of Asians and 88% of Whites). [See Table 23]”

that’s it? three hours a day? amateurs. (~_^)

“Differences in media consumption are especially pronounced with regard to TV, with Black youth (ages 8 to 18) watching an average of nearly six hours of TV a day on various platforms (5:54), Hispanic children close to five and a half hours (5:21), Asian youth more than four and a half hours (4:41), and White youth averaging about three and a half hours (3:36) a day. This includes time spent watching live TV, as well as DVDs, pre-recorded shows, and computer and mobile viewing. [See Table 1]”

SIX hours a day of tv! sheesh. what the h*ck are they watching for all that time?! talk about mind-numbing.

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