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Math and Mythology, Exploring Possible Connections
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Looking beyond the obvious
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John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Math and Mythology, Exploring Possible Connections
"I need to think about this some more. But one of the questions I have always had about Lévi-Strauss is how the math is related to dialectical method. When L-S describes the dialectical method he learned in France in Tristes Tropiques, he…"
Friday
Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion Math and Mythology, Exploring Possible Connections
"Thanks for adding these, John. Is the the double-twist formula in Mythologiques more than a sort of summative symbol for Levi-Strauss' particular version of dialectical method as it applies to myth? I can't say I have looked at it very…"
Thursday
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion "Counting on Change," OAC e-seminar with Erin Taylor (June 22-July 6) is NOW OPEN.
"Focusing in on the question of why people might prefer use of boat or ground transport for crash, I discovered a Wikipedia article on Informal Value Transport Systems (IVTS) [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informal_value_transfer_system]. A…"
Wednesday
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Michael,  Since we have drifted away from the original topic, economics as astrology, I have started a new discuss on mathematics and myth. Shall we move our conversation there?"
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Math and Mythology, Exploring Possible Connections

As an offshoot of another discussion, Economics is the Astrology of the Modern Era, Michael Popov and John McCreery have become involved in a discussion of how mathematics might be used to analyze mythology.One inspiration for the topic can be found in the work of  Claude Lévi-Strauss, inspired in part by the mathematics of Andre Weil. Michael has previously pointed us to a recent…See More
Wednesday
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"I don't know of any, which doesn't mean that they don't exist."
Tuesday
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Continuing my previous remarks: There is no question that network analysis math can be applied fruitfully to historical and and literary research. The math, as math, has been applied successfully to Allstate of networks, including power grades,…"
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John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Michael, I am not disputing Kenna's qualifications. What I am saying is that there is nothing in the paper for which you kindly provided the PDF that uses mathematics at a level beyond what is commonplace in the social network analysis…"
Monday
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Michael, I don't know if you noticed, but there is nothing especially advanced about the mathematics in the Kenna article. All of the measures cited are now available on freeware like Pajek, the program that I use for my project. And, at the…"
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John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Michael, Thank you for the paper. I am familiar with this sort of thing. I first became involved in social network analysis in 2007, when I began thinking about the project described in my previous post and began going to the annual Sunbelt…"
Jun 19
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Michael, I am myself a refugee from the Anglo-American tradition in philosophy, in which I was steeped as an undergraduate. I suppose that, like all refugees, I retain many habits from the country I fled. Thus, for example, I still pursue that…"
Jun 18
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Hot off the presses! Discovered the link in a thread of messages from AnthroDesign. http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/3-1/digital-ethnography-toward-augmented-empiricism-by-wendy-hsu/ Hsu is an example of a new breed of young anthropologist…"
Jun 17
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Huon, brilliant. I like this statement very much. To my mind it needs, however, a bit more elaboration. The search for meaning is pan-human. There are those who turn inward looking for meaning inside themselves. There are those who search for…"
Jun 17
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"Michael, while it is true that many anthropologists are math-illiterate and defensively anti-math about it, this is certainly not true of our friend and mentor Keith Hart, whose anecdote about his friend the professor of material science finds it…"
Jun 15
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"How has economics become the common sense/astrology of our times? Since no one else has stepped forward, I offer my own speculations. As I try to formulate an answer to this question, I begin with the opening paragraphs of Clifford Geert’s…"
Jun 14
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion Economics is the astrology of the modern era
"My thanks to Lee and Michael for creating opportunities to elaborate the virtues of sport as a metaphor for business. Lee's coach reminds us that sport takes many forms. So does business. John and Ruth McCreery, the principals and 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…
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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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