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2009-12-15 23:46:17

Study on memory for dance moves discovers substantial cross-cultural diversity in human cognition Despite the fact that physical space follows similar laws everywhere across the globe, cultures vary as to how space is encoded in their language. Some, for example, do not use egocentric terms such as 'left, right, front, back' to talk about spatial relations, instead using allocentric notions like 'north, south, east, west' at all times for all scales: "The spoon is north of the bowl" or "There...

2009-12-04 09:48:00

ATLANTA, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Soul Purpose, a historical fiction novel written by Dr. Kele Sewell, tells the story of the fiery racial discrimination of the 20th century in Forsyth County. The author weaves two stories throughout the book: life in Forsyth County during 1912, when all black residents were burned out of the city following the death of a white girl; and from 1965 to present day, showing a county that did not have a single black resident until years after civil rights...

2008-09-07 00:00:16

By David O'Callaghan A Swansea man who brandished a baseball bat as he yelled racist abuse at a shopkeeper has been jailed for eight months. Peter Beynon was sent down after a judge told him: "Racism is evil and those who indulge in racially-aggravated violence must expect to be punished severely. "Racism must not be allowed to flourish." Swansea Crown Court heard that 31-year-old Beynon, of Maytree Close, Clase, was arrested after an incident at a shop near his home last February. He...

2008-01-18 14:06:28

It's no secret culture influences your food preferences and taste in music. But now scientists say it impacts the hard-wiring of your brain. New research shows that people from different cultures use their brains differently to solve basic perceptual tasks. Neuroscientists Trey Hedden and John Gabrieli of MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research asked Americans and East Asians to solve basic shape puzzles while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. They...

2007-10-04 06:00:11

By Ulin, Robert C Cultural relativism is among the most misunderstood yet socially charged concepts associated with anthropology today. While most American cultural anthropologists have utilized cultural relativism as a pedagogical and sometimes political medium to challenge ethnocentric western views and cultural practices and to promote an appreciation of cultural diversity, ethicists, philosophers and the general public have all too often embraced a view of cultural relativism that...

2006-06-07 10:33:13

By Tom Armitage BERLIN (Reuters) - Anti-racism campaigners in Germany on Wednesday renewed their warning that black visitors should avoid certain parts of the formerly communist east during the World Cup because of a risk of racist attacks. Human rights and anti-racism activists have launched a new website -- www.prevent-racist-attack.org -- to coincide with the start of the tournament in Germany on June 9. Posted in five languages, it aims to educate tourists from Africa and...

2006-03-21 18:15:00

By Brian Rohan PARIS (Reuters) - One third of French people say they are racist, a French human rights watchdog said on Tuesday, after a survey that showed an increase from last year in the number of people who acknowledged being racist. Some 33 percent of 1,011 people surveyed face-to-face by pollsters CSA said they were "somewhat" or "a little" racist, up 8 percentage points from last year, according to an annual report by the National Consultative Commission for Human Rights. The poll...

2005-12-06 11:19:15

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Calling a foreigner a "dirty negro" in Italian is not necessarily a racist insult, Italy's highest court has ruled. The verdict, relating to a case where a group of Italian men punched and insulted some women from Colombia, caused deep unease at a time when Italy is struggling to contain racism. The court on Monday ruled in favor of one of the men, who argued he was not being racist when he launched the assault with the words: "Sporche negre -- cosa...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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