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Monday, April 9, 2018

A Brief History of Witches - ROBERT SEPEHR

Throughout the early modern period, the English term "witch" was not exclusively negative in meaning, and could also indicate practitioners of folk medicine, folk magic, and divination, often involving out-of-body experiences and travelling through the realms of a hidden or "other-world". 


During the time leading up to the witchcraft trials in Europe, the staple bread was made with rye, which would host a mold called "ergot. Ergot, in high doses, can be lethal, a fact that led to the rise in popularity of wheat bread, which is resistant to ergot mold. In smaller doses, ergot is a powerful hallucinogenic drug that is the central ingredient in the ointment that witches rubbed their broomsticks with.


You see, when eaten, there was the risk of death, but when absorbed through the thin tissues of the female genitals, the hallucinogenic effects were more pronounced with less ill-effects. The modern image of a witch riding a broomstick was inspired by the sight of a woman rubbing herself on the drug coated smooth stick of her broom. Robert Sepehr is an author, producer and independent anthropologist.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ancient Phoenician Legacy and History - ROBERT SEPEHR


Phoenicia was a sea-faring civilization, that included the coastal areas of today's Lebanon, northern Israel, and Southern Syria from about 1550 BC to 300 BC.  The Phoenician writing system became widely used, spread by their merchants across the Mediterranean, where its alphabet evolved and was assimilated by many other cultures.


Dabke is a folk dance native to the Eastern Mediterranean, the Palestinian Dabke jumps may have origins in ancient Canaanite fertility rites, where the Phoenicians were probably the first teachers of the dance to the rest of the world. Generally speaking, ancient dances were often connected with religious rituals, a link that was common up to the 16th century and still continues in some countries. Robert Sepehr is an author, producer and independent anthropologist. 



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cross-Species Hybridization and Human Racial Variation

Ever wonder why some dogs are so intelligent that they can herd sheep, rescue people from avalanches, or sniff out drugs for police, but some can't even seem to master "sit" and "stay"? While there are many ways to define intelligence, your dog's problem-solving abilities are perhaps one of the best ways to determine how mentally adept they really are. 


The finding is based on a language development test, revealing average dogs can learn 165 words (similar to a 2-year-old child), including signals and gestures, and dogs in the top 20 percent in intelligence, can learn 250 words.

So which dogs are the smartest? According to data collected from more than 200 dogs, Border collies, poodles, and German shepherds, Golden retrievers, and Dobermans, in that order. Compared with other dogs, these breeds may be smarter, in part, because we've bred them to be so.


In saliva, scientists have found hints that a “ghost” species of archaic human may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. The research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that interracial cross-species interbreeding between different archaic human species may not have been unusual. 

Robert Sepehr is an author, producer and independent anthropologist specializing in linguistics, archeology, and paleobiology (archeogenetics). Thank you for the support