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Thursday, December 03, 2009

This must be a joke... please tell me this is a joke

Nature's laws of shopping: Men hunt, women gather
University of Michigan psychologist Daniel Kruger has found that how we shop has an awful lot to do with how we once found our food. Men hunt. Women gather. Conjugal chaos ensues.
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As a scientist, he refused to do the sensible thing – shrug his shoulders. He wanted to know the reason. He combed over studies of aboriginal tribes and did a battery of tests on student volunteers. The results will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology.

Kruger found that our habits haven't changed. Our environment and our goals have.

In prehistory, women gathered or foraged for food. This kept them close to home, performing a daily, intensive and social activity. A good memory, a keen eye and a lot of patience when choosing help make a good gatherer.

Men hunted for meat. This was an intermittent, asocial activity that earned them prestige only through the biggest catches. Short bursts of energy were followed by long periods of sitting around waiting for women to bring in the harvest.

There are so many things wrong with this article, I don't even know where to begin.

8 comments:

Saberlowe said...

Couldn't bring myself to read much past the title of this particular article. *Barf*.

M@ said...

Not only is it a joke, it's a Seinfeld joke. The Star has hit a new low here.

Larry Gambone said...

To start off with, "Man the hunter" is a myth created to bolster the patriarchal viewpoint

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Hi Joe... I have no time for blogging right now. I'm in the process of trying to obtain a PhD in history and I'm so busy! Currently 2nd year - I have to read a book a day until April when I write my comprehensive exams. Also, I haven't been feeling inspired lately. One day I might start again - that's why I haven't taken it down. Also, there are so, so many excellent blogs out there.