Articles to 2017-07-09

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It’s been a fortnight this time, but under my dedicated supervision an old fried has successfully turned 60 last weekend, which was the higher priority. Several issues of nature and science have gone by without anything worthwhile, helping to keep this list manageably short.

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I admit I enjoyed Dong et al.’s (list of 2016-10-22) maximum life span conforming so well to Rabbinical reaching too much and probably was less critical in my reading than I should have been. This week five different letter writers came to rectify the omission.

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Contrary to their claim Kakkar & Sivanathan do not in the slightest look at dominant vs. prestigious leaders in general, but at exactly two very specific candidates in a recent election. None of the terms that most strongly come to mind describing their prestige sample is fit for print while the one characteristic most prominently distinguishing the other from career politicians is his undeniable economic success, untainted by hints of corruption (or at least not as a recipient). Yes, his is a dominant personality, but Kakkar & Sivanathan offer no proof, that this is what drives voters concerned about their economic prospects and security towards him.

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Reimann et al. offer a creditable result, but does their operationalisation of traits really match what is commonly meant, when we use the terms trust and distrust?

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Since the foundational studies on the domestication process by Gordon Hillman 1990 (list of 2013-06-22 and 2014-11-09) it should have been obvious to everyone, that full plant cultivation as a way of subsistence took place long before the first biological traits of domestication became visible. (In fact that process only started when plants began to be transferred and cultivated far from their regions of origin.) Perhaps now that Ibáñez et al. finally supply proof in an archaeological publication the fact may finally gain wider acceptance in the community.

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