Category Archives: cultural practice

The word’s first incubators: not for the faint-hearted

Here is an interesting story I came across recently – it may or may not have a grain of truth in it. I have not been able to substantiate the legend with further historical sources, but it is too good … Continue reading

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Sleep is overrated, Part II

In Part I of ‘Sleep is overrated’ I emphasised that sleeping, despite being a biologically based and mundane activity, can also be understood as cultural practice. Sleep can thus be also investigated archaeologically and today, I would like to take … Continue reading

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Sleep is overrated, Part I

One of the common complaints of new parents is the lack of sleep that comes with a new baby. Nights of broken sleep are perceived as unnatural and uncomfortable. I can’t really contribute much to this debate – I consider … Continue reading

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