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Clematis drummondii swirls

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I never get tired of the swirly strands that fertilized Clematis drummondii flowers produce each summer. Compared to the photographs two days ago, this is an intimate view, showing a span of maybe two inches. The photograph dates back to July 15th in Great Hills Park.


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As soon as ancient human remains are excavated, archaeologists begin the work of determining a number of traits about the individual, including age, race and gender.

But a new school of thought within archaeology is pushing scientists to think twice about assigning gender to ancient human remains.

It is possible to determine whether a skeleton is from a biological male or female using objective observations based on the size and shape of the bones. Criminal forensic detectives, for example, do it frequently in their line of work.

But gender activists argue scientists cannot know how an ancient individual identified themselves.

That’s the beginning of an article by Christian Schneider in The College Fix headlined “Gender activists push to bar anthropologists from identifying human remains as ‘male’ or ‘female.'” What the article reports on is just one more instance of “the woke” pushing to extend their ideology into the past.

I assume that the phrase “how an ancient individual identified themselves” is Schenider recording how the activists would put it, rather than the standard “how ancient individuals identified themselves.”

You’re welcome to read the full article, which includes this:

San Jose State archaeology Professor Elizabeth Weiss told The Fix that eliminating gender classifications amounts to “ideologically-motivated fudging.” Weiss said there is a move among academics “toward getting all of the academy’s favored shibboleths to accord with one another.”

Weiss said the recent explosion in the number of people identifying as transgender suggests that trend is “social and not biological,” so “retroactively de-sexing obscures this obvious fact.”


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 26, 2022 at 2:33 AM

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  1. Waiting for our clematis to offer some abstracts such as this.

    Steve Gingold

    July 26, 2022 at 3:35 AM

  2. The juxtaposition of development stages — the rusty center, and the green — adds extra interest to this image of one of my favorite plants: as does the curve of the green stem beneath all that fluff.


    July 26, 2022 at 7:03 AM

    • All we need is a yellow seed core between the red and the green and we could have a traffic light.
      I wonder if there’s any nature photographer who isn’t fascinated by these swirly strands.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 26, 2022 at 7:12 AM

  3. What was most interesting to me about today’s post is that the Clematis photo didn’t appear in my email – had to open the WordPress blog in order to see it. As usual, an interesting insight into the beauty of nature. I got some similar, if not as colorful shots, at Beck’s Preserve recently, until my iPhone told me that it was “Too Darn Hot,” and needed to cool down before it would work again.
    As for wondering how an ancient individual defined themselves, wasn’t it Bob Dylan who wrote “I Contain Multitudes?” Or maybe it was Walt Whitman, I always get the two confused…


    July 26, 2022 at 8:18 AM

    • As I think we’ve all found out at times, WordPress has its quirks. On the other hand, it lets us post for free, so I can’t complain.

      I hadn’t heard of the Beck Preserve so I looked it up and found it’s pretty close to you. I believe I’ve seen a too-hot message on an iPhone only once, but with the weather we’re having it might well become more common.

      As for Whitman, I quoted his statement about multitudes not long ago. I’m not sure I’ve ever quoted Bob Dylan.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 26, 2022 at 9:24 AM

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