Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pressure Peers (link roundup)

Doesn't make me want to buy The Economist, but I like the message of "Pressure Peers." Via.

And a few more links:

1. Jared Diamond tries to answer the question, "Where did the Japanese come from?"

2. You can download the mp3 of White Gold and Strawberry Summers singing "Almost As Beautiful As Me" here.

3. The NY Times reports that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke at a high school, but demanded that he get to edit any article about the appearance in the school newspaper. UPDATE: Kennedy says it was a misunderstanding and blames an underling.

*Previously: Japanese factory at night.

*Learn how to deal wth peer pressure with these books at Amazon.

1 comment:

  1. That is a very old but very interesting Jared Diamond article (he recycled it for his books as well). Recent developments have kind of invalidated it as it turns out that there is no single answer to the question. NHK (the Japanese national broadcasting group) ran an excellent documentary on the genetic legacy of modern Japanese on TV a couple of years ago. Well worth watching if your Japanese is up to scratch.

    The basic theory is that the Japanese population is a mix of 5 major (and many many more minor) ancient population groups, the majority seems to stem from northern Asia, suggesting a northerly rout into Japan, and very much seperated from earlier ancient groups.

    I think the jury is still out on the Jomon/Yayoi/Ainu genetic legacy on modern Japanese though.