I like it. Can I get away with assigning my students to sit and watch a forest for 3 hours? I love that this quote echoes something I tell students all the time. Time spent just reading over notes or text does not = learning.
IRB people. I cannot believe this was happening into the 90’s. I can understand why people mistrust scientists and doctors if we (I’m a scientist) always know what is best for them, to the extent of experimenting on vulnerable populations.
Very cool. Reconstructing gene flow caused by colonization. It is the way of science, but I wonder if the “high reproductive output of European males thanks to polygyny” is putting too glossy a coating on it.
Think about the difference between a house (Germanic) and a mansion (French), or between starting something and commencing, between calling something kingly or regal. English has a huge number of close synonyms, where the major difference is the level of formality or prestige. The prestigious form is almost always the Latin one.
The names of animals and meats also reflect this phenomenon. The old story goes that, in English, the animals have Germanic names but the cooked meats have French ones. For example, swine is Germanic but pork is French, sheep is Germanic but mutton is French. Was this because the English speakers worked on the farms whereas the French speakers ate the produce? It’s certainly possible.