Tidbits :: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The LA Times reports on Venus figurine sheds light on origins of art by early humans : A 40,000-year-old figurine of a voluptuous woman carved from mammoth ivory and excavated from a cave in southwestern Germany is the oldest known example of three-dimensional or figurative representation of humans and sheds new light on the origins of art… The intricately carved headless figure is at least 5,000 years older than previous examples and dates from shortly after modern humans arrived in Europe. But it already exhibits many of the characteristics of fertility figurines carved millenniums later.
Candorville on Torture : Just Following Orders, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and best of all, Comparing Our Torture to Japan’s Torture?