John Hawks added a number of new posts to his blog recently, some of which spur me to typing.
First, Whopper Virgins. This newest Burger King ad campaign has people from remote areas of the world (sans burger joints) decide which burger is best: Whopper or Big Macs. Hawks links to Althouse’s blog, where she describes numerous problems with these commercials. One she misses though, is how this is also a problem for the Burger King. Since the folks in these regions HAVEN’T EATEN BURGERS before, they might not judge them on the same taste preferences that burger epicures (like most of BK’s clientele). So if they choose the Whopper over the Big Mac, that might not be something the BK Lounge (anybody?) should be advertising! I also agree with most of the other problems listed in Althouse’s blog post, and overall think this is a poorly thought out idea on BK’s part.
Second, “Humans 80,000 Years Older Than Previously Thought?” Nat Geo article: The evidence? “sophisticated stone tools found in Ethiopia” date them to 276,000 years old; while the oldest Homo sapien is 195,000 years old (referring to Omo skulls). OK, I don’t know much about the Omo skulls, or how they dated the stone tools, but even given that evidence, this seems like the wrong conclusion. BECAUSE THEY ASSUME ONLY MODERN HUMANS COULD HAVE MADE THESE TOOLS!!! Seriously? The only evidence they’re giving for super old humans is some tools they don’t think another hominid could have made??