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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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John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion What makes a good Publisher of scholarly work?
"The ways must reach our intended readers and deliver the content  with sufficient frequency to a large enough number of readers to keep them engaged. The items mentioned here are not a solution. They are, however, essential considerations in…"
Jul 9
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion Impact Factors & Altmetrics
"To hear Norman talking about DesignX see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj96KyC9zdI"
Jul 8
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion Impact Factors & Altmetrics
"Why were impact factors developed? What problem was this system supposed to solve? What is wrong about the way that the system currently operates? Suppose,I propose, that we approached these issues as the sort of questions that Design X attempts to…"
Jul 8
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion Impact Factors & Altmetrics
"Revolutionary alternatives? I can't think of any. If you want to learn more about the state of the art I suggest a look at the work of Loet Leydesdorff:http://www.leydesdorff.net"
Jul 7
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion "Counting on Change," OAC e-seminar with Erin Taylor (June 22-July 6) is NOW OPEN.
"Diggin a bit deeper, we might consider Amartya Sen's claim that all systems of inequality claim to be fair. The difference is in how fairness is measured. Two fundamentally different regimes are those which (a) measure fairness in human lives…"
Jul 4
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion "Counting on Change," OAC e-seminar with Erin Taylor (June 22-July 6) is NOW OPEN.
"Erin, Glad you like the idea of exploring a range of different types of relationships created by financial transactions. One further possible elaboration might be to consider overlaps and interactions between them. That just popped into my head…"
Jul 4
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"P.S. If we get serious about this, I highly recommend this thesis, submitted by the author for a Ph.D. at LSE in 2012 and now under revision for a book. Kimberly is a student of Stephan Feuchtwang and has done a marvelous job of closely examining…"
Jul 2
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
""Send in the clowns... If this piece is 'serious' then it again indicates the need for a serious rethink of what social science (in this case the social science of management) was intended for, what problem it is supposed to solve,…"
Jul 2
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Lee, I think you will like this one, even if it is from a sociology list and credited to a professor at a German business school. Time to call in the clowns BY MILENA KREMAKOVA ON JUNE 30, 2016 • ( 0 ) by Ralf Wetzel, Vlerick Business…"
Jul 1
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Mathematics is not a mirror. It's a knife and a microscope, a tool to let us see more sharply."
Jul 1
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Nice. I stand corrected. John"
Jun 30
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"(Continuing previous remark) It is also clear from what Gellner says later that what he means by "viable" is problematic. Mayflies, humans, China, the solar system, our local group of galaxies are all viable on different…"
Jun 30
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Lee, Thanks for the long quote from Gellner. It considerably clarifies where you are coming from. That said, the argument advanced in the quote is fundamentally flawed. Gleaner's premise is clearly set out:  This premise is demonstrably…"
Jun 30
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
""Too easy,. My Japanese colleagues would say. Their usual response to cheap, off the cuff analogies."
Jun 29
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion "Counting on Change," OAC e-seminar with Erin Taylor (June 22-July 6) is NOW OPEN.
"Another interesting angle might be the difference between enduring and evanescent relationships. In Japan (and, I suspect, elsewhere as well) there are businesses that depend on jorenkyaku, regulars who expect to be recognized, treated…"
Jun 29
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"I must be a Tory,too. That human nature is fundamentally flawed and prone to evil seems self-evident to me — the result no doubt of a Lutheran upbringing and innumerable repetitions of the proposition that we are but sinful worms for whom only…"
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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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