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Tagged with “science” (3)

  1. RS26 - Is Anthropology Still a Science?

    Rationally Speaking | Official Podcast of New York City Skeptics

    Release date: January 16, 2011

    In a recent article in the New York Times (13 Dec 2010, Nicholas Wade reported that the American Anthropological Association had decided “to strip the word ‘science’ from a statement of its long-range plan.” Is this just a reflection of the long standing division between physical and cultural anthropology or is there more here? The revised statement says that “the purposes of the association shall be to advance public understanding of humankind in all its aspects,” a wording that opens the possibility for cultural anthropologists to engage in public advocacy on behalf of cultures they are studying. So, what kind of discipline is anthropology, after all? And, more broadly, should scientists cross the line from research into public advocacy?

    —Huffduffed by RobertsonCrusoe

  2. Robin Dunbar talks with Guardian Science Weekly podcast about his new book “How Many Frinds Does One Person Need”

    Robin Dunbar (of the Dunbar Number) chats with Alok Jah of the Guardian (along with others) about friendships and the Dunbar number, which is the theoretical limit of viable stable relationships one person can have.

    Dunbuar’s new book, "How Many Friends Does One Person Need" is also out and discussed.

    —Huffduffed by RobertsonCrusoe

  3. 2003 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture: The Geography of Descent

    This lecture took place on 11 November 2003

    Professor Gillian Feeley-Harnik, University of Michigan

    Radcliffe-Brown proposed to make social anthropology into ‘a natural science of society’, a proposal that was controversial in his lifetime, and remains so now, especially in the study of kinship with which he is so closely associated. Anthropology originated in part to explain Darwin’s Descent of Man (1871) in social terms. The purpose of this lecture is to explore the popular science and culture of descent in Darwin’s time, focusing on his co-workers among the pigeon-breeders of London, in particular the silk-weavers of Spitalfields, and their concerns with the art of ‘propagating life’.

    —Huffduffed by RobertsonCrusoe