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John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion Hacking, Cheating etc
"Question for Lee. Would you agree that when we start hacking the genome, the original nature/culture distinction ceases to be relevant, sincethereisnolonger any way inwhichthedistinctilncan be maintained?"
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John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion Hacking, Cheating etc
"I wonder if we couldn't do a bit more with the anthropology here. I am thinking, in particular, of exploring the boundary between nature and culture as it is defined across a range of sports. All sports with rules defined by official bodies are…"
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Speaking of Dialogical Anthropology

On Savage Minds, Rex has written an interesting post titled "Dialogical Anthropology in an Age of Controlled Equivocation." In response, I wrote the following, which is too long for a comment on Savage Minds but may serve as an example of the kind of discussion that might be stimulated by engaging on OAC with interesting work published on other sites. Here is what I wrote,----------Ontology versus EpistemologyReply to Rex on Savage MindsRex, when you write, "Although much of this work is…See More
Sep 18
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"Huon, I think that we are actually pretty much on the same page, but to me concentrating to much on "the human delusion" fails to take account of human achievements and the human ability to get things done without perfect knowledge. Roman…"
Sep 16
Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"All this stuff about walking upright and the further human capacities that spring from it etc. is really directed at addressing the first paragraph of Haraway's manifesto, because we might equally say in response that the the kinds of delusion…"
Sep 16
Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"newer arguments about hominid ability to walk upright:https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11965-our-upright-walking-started-in-the-trees/ " Our ancient tree-dwelling ancestors stood upright on two legs – a trait modern humans have…"
Sep 16
Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"Well mosquitos have been doing their thing for 80 million years, but my sister has been practising für Elise on my mother's piano for the last 45, so we should admit that time is relative in these matters.  Genetic and epigenetic…"
Sep 16
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"OK, the methodology freak in me wants to know, what will "get totally tentacular" mean in practice? What steps should be taken?"
Sep 16
Lee Drummond replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"      Is literacy on the decline?  A complex, mercurial question considering the blinding speed with which communication is changing.  Decades ago I lined up, with other denizens of a notorious intellectual ghetto, for…"
Sep 16
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"The difference is that the three year old may also grow up to be someone with a deep understanding of markets, quantum mechanics, horticulture or fine art. Our ability to think about what is not immediately present to us is both the source of…"
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Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"To which we may reply 'consider the bower bird, is he not also a creative little fella? Does he not clearly know his place in the world? The pony in our yard is surely as clever as a three year old child, is it not?' The answer is not very…"
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Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"If the universe is one big Leibnizian set of perspectives, then it is not just 'animals' doing territoriality it is everything that makes a claim to being an entity that is defending its own territory. Let's remind ourselves that they…"
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Huon Wardle replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
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John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"I've had a couple of comments awaiting moderation, too. I suspect the delays are due to the start of new semesters."
Sep 14
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"Lee, you beat me to it. Animals are territorial up and down the scale. Birds do it, ants do it, even little fish do it. And it isn't just the staking out and defending of territory. It is also the ritualized [ethological sense] submissive…"
Sep 14
Lee Drummond replied to John McCreery's discussion Rowdy, Coyote, Chthonic, Tentacular, Anthropocene, Shmanthropocene, Bring on the Cthuluscene!
"    Huon rightly points out that humans are a tricky lot.  But I'm not sure that property rights are a good example of our human trickiness.  When our ethnographic interviews can include -- in not so many years -- hybrid…"
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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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