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Are we ready for The Lively Science?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Hart Nov 16, 2015.

The Anthropology of Irrationality
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery Jul 6, 2015.

Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
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John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Fall in Love, art The guardian art.and infos
"Cecilia, have you ever fallen in love? I thought I had several times, times filled with tension, anxiety, lust, anger and disappointment. Then I met my wife. Our relationship wasn't full of tempest and drama. It was very, very comfortable. We…"
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John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The Volume of Being: An upcoming OAC seminar beginning February 15th.
"Merci beaucoup."
yesterday
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"Abraham, we have a small empirical problem here. The Northwest Coast people's who practiced potlach lived off marine resources. The Great Plains where the bison lived were hundreds of miles away. The extermination of the bison wouldn't…"
Thursday
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"The Anzick boy is, indeed, a fascinating case. But what does it demonstrate? To play the devil's advocate, I construct the sort of tale one finds in speculative fiction. A woman, she might be the last survivor of a band or, alternatively, an…"
Wednesday
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"Here is where lack of history hurts.  I mentioned impoverished aristocrats. History is full of these cases, e.g., the former Russian aristocrats eking out livings in Paris after the Bolshevik Revolution. One of the most important lessons…"
Wednesday
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"Question. My knowledge of South American ethnography is thin. I seem to recall,however, that many groups were decimated by disease, with the result that complex social classifications were being applied to much smaller populations than those in…"
Tuesday
John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Human, animals, mobiles...to reflect about this intervwe
"I am curious. Did you find the narrator annoying? "
Feb 8
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"First, I think Lee is on to something. His mention of Leach's Political Systems of Highland Burma reminds me that seasonal oscillation isn't the only reason for shifting back and forth between more egalitarian and more hierarchical social…"
Feb 8
John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Human, animals, mobiles...to reflect about this intervwe
"Cecilia, what did you get out of this interview? From a purely personal perspective, I found most of what was said stuff I take for granted."
Feb 7
Elizabeth Leveques left a comment for John McCreery
"HELLO DEAR.HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DOING TODAY?PLEASE MY NAME IS MS.Elizabeth leveques,I AM 28 YEARS OLD SINGLE,WORKING WITH ATLANTIC BANK ABIDJAN.IS ABOUT A PROJECT OF GREAT BENEFITS THAT I WILL LIKE BOTH OF US TO HANDLE.PLEASE IF YOU ARE…"
Feb 6
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"Good one! But let's look a bit closer. Homeric myth says it was all about Paris stealing Helen. What did Heinrich Schiemann's and later archeology reveal? Does anyone know?"
Feb 3
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"But reverting to the subject at hand. Yes, women are frequently the focus of conflicts between men (and vice-versa as well). That said, how often do conflicts over women rise to the level of organized, intergroup violence. I am having trouble…"
Feb 3
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"" In addition, it is well observed that comparing contemporary gathering-hunting groups with what went on in pre-history is risky at best." Yes, but what does the risk cost us? Other sciences are perfectly happy with hypotheses that fit…"
Feb 2
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"Starting with master allegories is not a bad approach. The downside is that both of those suggested above assume an all or nothing view of humanity, and if there is one thing anthropology knows it is that human infants are unfinished at birth and…"
Feb 2
John McCreery replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The Volume of Being: An upcoming OAC seminar beginning February 15th.
"I observe that both What is Existential Anthropology? and Existence in the Details are very expensive books and neither is available as an ebook. What are the chances of getting Piette's permission to post at least the intro…"
Feb 1
John McCreery replied to Abraham Heinemann's discussion 'why did Homo sapiens allow permanent and intractable systems of inequality to first take root?'
"Elaborating the previous post.  Anyone who has ever raised a child knows from first-hand experience that fighting over who gets what is a basic human behavior. This leads to a number of interesting questions. When does the fighting become…"
Feb 1

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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 5:58pm on February 6, 2016, Elizabeth Leveques said…

HELLO DEAR.
HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DOING TODAY?
PLEASE MY NAME IS MS.Elizabeth leveques,I AM 28 YEARS OLD SINGLE,WORKING WITH ATLANTIC BANK ABIDJAN.IS ABOUT A PROJECT OF GREAT BENEFITS THAT I WILL LIKE BOTH OF US TO HANDLE.PLEASE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED YOU CAN CONTACT ME VIA MY PRIVATE EMAIL ID BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS: E-MAIL: (elizabethlevequees@gmail.com)
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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. :)

 
 
 

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