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Ego Condoms

Started Nov 17

Anthropology for a Wired Planet
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Alexeevich Popov Nov 1.

 

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John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Abraham, no apologies required, unless they are on my side for releasing my inner curmudgeon. Have you seen the following? https://youtu.be/0Rnq1NpHdmw"
Dec 4
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Social science? Or the froth generated by pundits and trolls and the rest of us who pontificate online about things of which we actually know very little?"
Dec 3
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Now I see. A more literal translation of "bola cristal" is "crystal ball." Instead, "glass ball" led me to "glass bead" and Herman Hesse.Given the image, I see my mistake, but I wonder if it isn't a…"
Nov 29
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Cecilia, May I ask, is your "game of glass ball" a reference to The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse?  If so, a pointed reference, indeed. "
Nov 28
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Institutions: The electoral college. State control of election management by states. Laws that allow secretaries of state (or officials with other titles) to make decisions about the location and staffing of polling stations and the allocation of…"
Nov 25
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Lee, thanks for the information about Haldeman. Erratum: "reads on the internet" was not intended as innuendo, simply a warning that in commenting I hadn't yet done a critical review of the relevant data. But returning to the…"
Nov 25
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"What concerns me is less the predictive insight of a few authors like Max, or Michael Moore or Susan Kendzior than our habit of leaping to conclusions before all the data are in. We now know that Clinton won the popular vote by around two million…"
Nov 24
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Ah, the grammatical horrors I have perpetrated while trying to compose on an iPhone....mea maxima culpa."
Nov 22
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Keith, glad to hear from you. Those comments on French intellectuals and the dialectic were enlightening and the Skip Rappaport quote is a treasure. I must now go back and reread what you wrote more carefully. In the meantime, I wonder if anyone…"
Nov 19
John McCreery replied to Michael Alexeevich Popov's discussion Brexit, mathematics, consequences
"The difficulty is separating true Black Swans, totally unexpected events, from rare but predictably rare events, especially when there is negligence in the model from which criteria are taken. The Fukushima reactor meltdown following the Great East…"
Nov 18
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Please elaborate. Putting aside Sarah Kendzior and Michael Moore, who are two unusually perceptive individuals, everything else mentioned here is looking backward to ideas and approaches developed in a very different world. Also, when it comes…"
Nov 18
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Paul Stoller is always good value. But let's confront what he says with the argument Michael offers, Does his argument escape the frame that Michael describes, in which academics (or other highly educated wogglebugs) assume that they have a…"
Nov 18
John McCreery replied to Michael Alexeevich Popov's discussion Brexit, mathematics, consequences
"I am not sure what to make of "shaped by black swan type events." As opposed to being black swan events."
Nov 17
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Lee, I couldn't agree more. I was, to be sure, overreacting when I wrote about "“adding more rants to the thousands that already clutter social media." But, for example, the "secret Trumpers" were already a meme when…"
Nov 17
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Ego Condoms

The following essay is cross-posted with permission of the author from Dead Voles. Given our recent discussion of *safe spaces,* Lee, in particular might find it interesting.EGO CONDOMSBY DYKETHEELDER (Carl Dyke Senior)In some classroom, at some point twenty or thirty years ago, undoubtedly with the catalytic aid of some students, I invented the concept of the ego condom. Things like that happen when your classroom is relaxed and…See More
Nov 17
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"Speaking of paying more attention to what is going on around us, I wonder what anthropology can add to the following analysis of why women voted for Donald Trump. "
Nov 17

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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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