I afraid theory of ethnic identity became an important part of today’s world politics in wrong time when a dispute between “formalists” and “essentialists” on nature of ethnic identity is not discontinued and “hidden” collision of these two schools of thinking in social anthropology is continuing. As is known, formalists believe that ethnic identity ( as some social set of all sets ) is merely a political cognitive formal construction, correspondingly, it is not important. For…

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Anthropologist and statistician S.M. Shirokogoroff in 1930s made an attempt to understand ethnic identity as an object of natural sciences ( incl funct anthropology ). He uses elementary equations of statistical thermodynamic in order to describe ethnogenesis as processes of statistical self-organization. In contrast, today social anthropologists and governments behave like they already had found complete proof of theorem on social nature of ethnic identity and all counterexamples are…

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This remark is inspired by Marianne de Laet ‘s anthropological comments ( *Nature* vol 501: 164-165,12 Sept 2013 ) on Harry Collins (2013) new book ‘Gravity’s Ghost and Big Dog : Scientific Discovery and Social Analysis in the 21^{st} Century ‘ (University Chicago Press ).

Harry Collins produced brilliant systematic sociological account of his almost 40 years (!) fieldwork among scientists in the field of gravitational ( relativistic ) astronomy.

It is important…

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Anthropologist sees the world as a world of extreme complexity or as a series of Big Data ( NP hard ) problems , hence, some field complexities could be described as“ botanic rarities of the most exotic kind “ by literary forms , whereas another complexities are ready for scientific computational analysis.

As is known the first attempts to introduce systematic scientific analysis of culture as “ a set of mechanical devices “ ( Malinowski ) or as a sort of “computer…

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This remark inspired by David Mills (Department of Education, University of Oxford) paper "After Malinowski..." ( Ethnicity seminar at ISCA 1.03.2013 ). David described Malinowski style of doing anthropological seminar at LSE with its interactive way of presentation, formalism,"raumkunst" and, of course, pub. It became puzzling for today's anthropologists because mathematical aspects of Malinowski functionalist thinking ( as well as Levi-Strauss algebraist thinking) are ignored…

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New Scientist (29 October 2011 Issue number 2836) contains comments on Anthropology 1 ( Postmodernism based cultural anthropology ). In particular author suggests that such sort of imaginary anthropology rejects an existence of objective truth as well as assumes that "science was simply mission of western white men "? As a consequence - " A generation of journalists with a postmodern education decided that " objective" reporting was simply getting varying views of the story, but not required… Continue

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There are two different anthropologies – anthropology by historians and anthropology by physicists and mathematicians. The first is academically recognized social science ,whereas , the second is just emerging discipline inspired by results of cosmology of antropic (anthropological ) principle, space life sciences, computational theory of human limits, gravitational and quantum biology, mathematical evolution, experimental econophysics, quantum games applications,applied mathematics and …

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- Ethnic identity as natural phenomenon
- Remark on the fieldwork in Anthropology of Science and Technology
- Mathematical tradition in Anthropology. An Introduction 1. Edmund R.Leach
- Remark on History of Anthropology and Mathematics
- Is Science simply "Mission of western white men " ?
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- Mathematical tradition in Anthropology. An Introduction 1. Edmund R.Leach
- Remark on the fieldwork in Anthropology of Science and Technology
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- Two Anthropologies
- War and Peace."Formalists" vs "Essentialists" in ethnic identity theory
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