It’s an old post from Tumblr, but it just keeps turning back up in my social media feeds. Kind of like cultural appropriation. Yes, I’m going to talk about cultural appropriation here but let me actually start at the bottom of this post. We’ll work our way up from there. There’s one aspect of…Continue reading The Bad Cultural Appropriation Penny
In response to a noticeable number of recent articles and social media posts I’ve been getting; asking some permutation of the question “why does this religion believe/do/espouse this terrible thing?”, I feel the need to reiterate an important point. Let us not forget that religion is distinctly emergent from the people who practice it. Religious…Continue reading Apocalypse Now and Then
This is an interesting take on the problem of dealing with cognitive dissonance and the backfire effect (a la Leon Festinger’s “When Prophecy Fails”) but it doesn’t address the trouble of nuance in terms of the ways in which people deal with “failure.” In other words, personal cognitive dissonance is not always specifically at fault…Continue reading When Facts Fail
I’m glad to see editorials like this one, openly and publicly questioning the relationship between conservative Christianity and Republican politics and the impact it is likely to have on American Christianity going forward — but I can’t help noticing that there’s a rather significant bent of accusation aimed at liberal and progressive Christians here for…Continue reading Losing a Game You Never Should Have Played
I had a great time being interviewed by the wonderful ladies, Dr. Leena Eve Williams and Dr. Shannon Wolfman, over at “Not That Kind of Doctor: Meet the Scientists Behind the Science.” If you want to hear me chat about Anthropology and its relation to STEM and the rest of the world, check it out!…Continue reading Podcast Interview at “Not That Kind of Doctor”
Would We Be Better Off Without Religion? Krauss, like many STEM scientists who enter the religion debate, makes the same kinds of flawed assumptions in his argument as the New Atheist school of thought from which he draws his conclusions. Namely, the view that Religion is always juxtaposed against Science in terms of “truth” and…Continue reading Why would you ask a physicist in the first place?
I am an anthropologist who works primarily at the intersection of Religion and Science, both as discourses and as epistemologies. However, one of the things I tend to notice among my students and the public alike is either a general misunderstanding of what anthropology is and does overall or an understanding of anthropology that comes…Continue reading Jared Diamond…Again
We’ve become a nation of Absolutists. And in an ideology of Absolutism, “libtard” and “repug” are as good as the discourse can get. This is because Absolutism breeds fear. When any compromise, any potential change, any possible give and take means the end of the worldview itself, there can be no other outcome but division,…Continue reading Absolutely
I have to admit; archaeological hoaxes, frauds, and general conspiracy theories are something of a fascination of mine. I was first introduced to the subject academically via Kenneth Feder’s Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries during my junior year of college, and it’s a book I highly recommend, especially for anyone unfamiliar with the anthropological community’s…Continue reading Something of a Hobby: Calling Out to the Humanities and Social Sciences
Ask An Anthropologist is an occasional series where I will be accepting reader questions and answering them here on this blog. If you have a pressing question about culture, anthropology, religion, or another relevant topic, feel free to submit your thoughts in the comments below. Q: “In photos, I always see anthropologists wearing the same…Continue reading Ask An Anthropologist – Why Do Anthropologists Dress Like That?