RS26 - Is Anthropology Still a Science?

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    The American Anthropological Association has stirred controversy by removing the word "science" from its long-term mission statement. Peter Peregrine, president of the Society for Anthropological Sciences, and Hugh Gusterson, executive boardmember of the American Antrhopological Association, discuss the decision, which has highlighted divisions between science-oriented anthropologists and those more focused on the humanities.

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  2. Debate: Does God Exist? Dan Barker vs. Adam Lloyd Johnson

    On March 5, 2022, the debate "Does God Exist?" was held in Orlando, Florida, at FREEFLO, which is the biennial conference of the Florida Humanist Association. Dan Barker, an atheist and co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and Adam Lloyd Johnson, a Christian and director of the Ratio Christi chapter at the University of Nebraska, were invited to debate this question.

    Outline: 0:00 General Introduction 7:01 Speaker Intros 10:25 Adam Johnson Opening Statement 26:09 Dan Barker Opening Statement 42:53 Dan Barker Rebuttal 53:33 Adam Johnson Rebuttal 1:04:05 Audience Questions 1:22:17 Dan Barker Closing Statement 1:26:17 Adam Johnson Closing Statement 1:30:12 Concluding Remarks

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  3. Professor Elizabeth Weiss on Controversy in Anthropology - Honest Offense 71

    Dr. Elizabeth Weiss is a professor in the Anthropology Department at San Jose State University, where she teaches physical anthropology courses. Her research expertise is in skeletal analyses of osteoarthritis, muscle markers, and bone cross-sections to reconstruct lifestyles and better understand bone biology.

    Recently, Dr. Weiss has caused controversy within her department and the anthropology community for her criticism of recent trends regarding repatriation of Native American remains. We discuss Dr. Weiss’ criticisms, the personal backlash she has received, why academic freedom is so vital, and much more.

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  4. Should Science Debate Pseudoscience?

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  5. DEBATE: Does the God of the Bible Exist? Andrew L. Seidel (Atheist) v. Tom Trento (Christian)

    Andrew L. Seidel, constitutional attorney, atheist, and author of The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American and Tom Trento a trained Christian apologist debate the proposition: The God of the Bible Exists. Seidel argued against the proposition; Trento argued for.

    0:00:34 Moderator intros 0:02:10 Atheist opening statement 0:07:01 Christian opening statement 0:12:35 Atheist rebuttal 0:15:03 Christian rebuttal 0:17:35 Atheist cross-examines Christian 0:20:05 Christian admits that he would kill his child if his God asked. 0:20:45 Christian cross-examines Atheist 0:24:10 Interlude - what did the parties agree to? 0:25:22 Christian rebuttal (con't) 0:27:23 Audience Q&A 0:44:18 Unscheduled cross-examination, Christian asks atheist 0:47:28 Atheist cross-examines Christian 0:50:53 Atheist closing statement 0:55:56 Christian closing statement 1:01:18 Moderator conclusion 1:03:10 Seidel short end

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  6. Replication, Communication, and the Population Dynamics of Scientific Discovery

    BIDS Data Science Lecture Series | April 3, 2015 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library, UC Berkeley

    Speaker: Paul Smaldino, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UC Davis Sponsors: Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Data, Society and Inference Seminar

    Many published research results are false, and controversy continues over the roles of replication and publication policy in improving the reliability of research. I will present a mathematical model of scientific discovery in the context of replication, publication bias, and variation in research quality. This model provides a formal framework for reasoning about the normative structure of science. It is only a start, but it speaks directly to ongoing debates about the design and conduct of science.

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  7. 1Christopher Fuller – European Science and Colonial Anthropology in British India, c. 1871-1911 | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

    Event Date: 11 January 2018

    Royal Asiatic Society

    14 Stephenson Way

    London NW1 2HD


    The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

    Professor Christopher Fuller (LSE) – European Science and Colonial Anthropology in British India, c. 1871-1911

    Introduction by Dr Gordon Johnson (RAS):






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