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In Times of Catastrophe
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery 3 hours ago.

Math and Mythology, Exploring Possible Connections
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery Jun 24.

Looking beyond the obvious
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Drummond Apr 29.

 

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John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion In Times of Catastrophe
"Nice. I wonder what Lee, Abraham and others here think of all this."
3 hours ago
Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion In Times of Catastrophe
"There are different kinds of allegory, of course, but what strikes me is Stengers use of the Personified Type in laying out the moral narrative. It being allegory she is, it seems to me, not saying that Capitalism is really one type of persona, she…"
15 hours ago
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion In Times of Catastrophe
"A shrewd observation. How should the book's being an allegory affect how we read it? As opposed, for example, to interpreting a myth or analyzing a treatise?"
17 hours ago
Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion In Times of Catastrophe
"A first thought, perhaps misdirected, and certainly not a 'criticism': Based on the first chapter the book is strongly allegorical. A relatively small handful of actors appear -- Capitalism with its imperative of GDP growth whatever the…"
17 hours ago
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion In Times of Catastrophe
"Our purpose is, I suggest, to read slowly, to think carefully and consider nuance. That is why I propose to read In Catastrophic Times one chapter at a time, to savor what it says and how, if it does, it moves us. I approach this reading…"
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Abraham Heinemann replied to John McCreery's discussion In Times of Catastrophe
"Looks good so will have a read, though I her proposition is that of standard STS right? so guessing an earlier version of…"
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In Times of Catastrophe

OAC members are cordially invited to join an on-going discussion of Isabelle Stenger's In Times of Catastrophe. Click on the title to download the free PDF. Why Stengers? Why now? If you have found yourself in an endless loop debating the merits of "scientific" versus "interpretive" anthropology, Stengers suggests an alternative to both, the proposition that the sciences [note the…See More
Tuesday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"I will go ahead, then, and start a new thread. To avoid stepping on toes, I will refer to it as an on-going discussion instead of a seminar."
Tuesday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"Grant the use of a room under the same terms and conditions that rooms are provided for other student groups, e.g., the chess club or Young Republicans."
Tuesday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"Reverting for a moment to the reading Stengers question — I have changed my mind. After getting halfway through In Catastrophic Times , I am coming to see it as a readable introduction to Stengers' thinking. The trick will be to avoid…"
Monday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"Got it. You will read it. I will read it. I wonder who else will read it. But let's put that practical issue to the side. Here's another impression I'd like to hear your and others' feedback on. I have skimmed the first forty…"
Sunday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"When I searched for an essay by Stengers titled In Catastrophic Times, what I found was the PDF of a 161 page book. Lee, is this the essay in question?"
Saturday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
""Of Squirrel Brains and Isabelle Stenger": sounds like a title to me. I imagine a joint contemplation of a curious custom and an author, whose shared feature is that they force us to rethink what we take to be obvious, an eminently…"
Saturday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"I have eaten squirrel. But not the brains or the innards. Didn't know that squirrel stew is called "burgoo." Now, with that admission over, I would like to return to something Lee wrote, Isabelle Stenger's answer, as I…"
Friday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"As a read what Lee has written here, I was instantly reminded of what Clifford Geertz wrote in "The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man" concerning claims of universality, an essential humanity captured in classic works…"
Aug 25
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"This seems terribly grim to me. My own ambitions have shrunk with time. I seek pleasure in improving my knowledge in the company of convivial friends who pursue similar goals and embark together on similar intellectual adventures. Returning to the…"
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Some people take culture seriously. Why?

With a tip of the hat to Bill Bishop at Sinocism,

Cultural reflection can improve modern governance: Xi - Xinhuaat Politburo study session  //  Xi argued that ancient ideologies still have deep influence on people nowadays, and they should be scientifically analyzed so as to inherit and promote the good parts…

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Posted on October 16, 2014 at 8:33am

Why should I read what you have written?

Why should anyone read what you have written? This should be question No. 1 for anyone writing anything. So, let me rephrase the question: Why do so many of the contributors to the online forums in which I participate assume that people will be interested in what they are writing about, then feel disappointed when no one responds?

As students, we learn to write assignments. The teacher who hands us a topic has to read what we write. But once we leave school and start writing for…

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Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:41am

The Third International Conference on Applications of Anthropology in Business

     It was my third time to participate in the annual International Conference on Applications of Anthropology in Business, organized by Robert Tian Guang and held at a venue in China, and my second time to visit Jishou University, which is located in the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hunan Province in the west of China. The first two…

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Posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:30am

Who says anthropology can't rock?

Serendipitously, the entertainment section in this morning's Japan Times carries an article about an Indie band, three young Japanese women, called Crunch. One of them, Noriyo Hotta says,



"For example, take 'Mori no Naka,' the first track on the album. This song was influenced by Radiohead, especially the songs 'Jigsaw Falling' and 'There There,' and a funk tune by Japanese rock band Jagatara called 'Tango.' But I was also inspired by a book about the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon.… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 3:06am

Collective? Individual? Both? How should we think about thinking?

Just found an interesting piece titled "Good Group Think" on eighteen chains.com. Resurrects some shrewd observations by Karl Mannheim, from Ideology and Utopia. Most of what we think we learn from others. We add a bit and pass it on. Tracing the routes is a project called the sociology of knowledge. Enjoy. Reflect. Respond. Pass it on.

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:29am — 7 Comments

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At 6:52am on April 3, 2014, Peter Wogan said…

Thanks, John. Sorry to be away, but nice to know I'm missed! More to follow...

Peter

At 1:43pm on March 2, 2013, Larry Stout said…

The "Grey People" are found at yet another fishing village along the same coast of Gaspesie.  It's a very interesting and scenic drive, all the way around the peninsula.  You see the flag of Acadie flying there, and in parts of New Brunswick,often to the exclusion of the Canada flag.

At 12:17pm on March 2, 2013, Larry Stout said…

Hi, John  -- The "Blue Men" are the work of an old woodcarver who has a shop in a fishing village on the St. Lawrence seaway in Gaspé, Quebec.  He fashioned them from driftwood logs and gave them a beautiful lapis lazuli panache.  I told him that when I win the lottery I'll fly him down to Ozarkistan and pay him handsomely to create similar art for our backyard (near our inukshuk).

At 11:40pm on January 11, 2013, Tracey Thornborrow said…

thanks for that John, I shall check it out! 

At 11:30pm on November 8, 2012, Kate Wood said…

Sorry for the late response, I am not good at social networking! :) 

At 3:45am on September 15, 2012, Keith Hart said…
See OAC Facebook.
At 12:46pm on September 9, 2012, Sheyma Buali said…

sounds great, thanks a lot for the suggestion! im looking at it and it shall indeed be helpful!

At 3:16pm on June 28, 2012, Logan Sparks said…

thanks, John, for the article. its very interesting. I am actually looking into what else Neslihan Cevik has written...

At 2:41am on May 6, 2012, Chelsea Hayman said…

Thank you John for your excellent response and the great clarification! It's been awhile since those undergrad theory classes, but I did learn a lot from them, even though they were so long ago. Now I am trying to manage a theory class in my Master's course that was combined with ethnography -- except the weeks seem to be organized thematically rather than chronologically. Or in order of influence rather than historical period. All of this can be rather frustrating for a student, who can make misleading assumptions based on when the material was presented! All very confusing. Thank you for sorting that information out for me - we did not discuss the Boasians at length in my class but rather focused mostly upon Geertz. Such is the nature of the British school of Anthropology. I'll have to post more blogs about theory - I always have lots of questions and need for clarification. I wish I had more time to learn about the historical context in which some of these ideas developed, but I should have plenty of time when I graduate to read freely. :)

At 11:44am on March 21, 2012, Chelsea Hayman said…

John, firstly, thank you for all of your input. I completely agree with what you said about the 'Western' - the idea is pretty totalizing and inaccurate in and of itself. I've been looking into more ontological theory and non-dualism since I've been studying for my Master's. I think it's easy to set up a dichotomy almost as a polemical point of departure and I guess I have been using it more evocatively in thinking through some of the ideas that have been on my mind for the past couple of weeks. I will look into the material you suggested and see what I can come up with. I suppose my main issue with conceptual categories is that they can be so linguistically conditioned, but they also have some grounding in our ideas about rationality, which can also be variable depending upon one's education. I think that's an idea I've been struggling with. I don't necessarily think the authors are arguing against that point, but it seems to be an often unidentified issue in the cognitive science literature. Of course, the anthropological literature addresses it rather well, on the whole. What are you up to in Japan? I see that you work as an independent scholar - what kinds of work do you do? I'm interested because I've considered a non-academic career in applied anthropology. Thank you again for your input, I appreciate it greatly.

 
 
 

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