This week, I was happy to find blogs that I hadn’t seen in the past (and no, I’m talking about the Economist online). If I’m missing a blog (like your blog), email me, and I can include them in future weeks and put them on our blogroll.
So Over It: The Philosophers’ Magazine interviewed Alan Sokal, the physicist most remembered for publishing a fake deconstructionist article in Social Text and then announcing that it was a hoax. In addition to lamenting that he will, in all likelihood, only be remembered for that incident, Sokal lamented the anti-philosophical ethos of the younger generation of physicists. Where could they have gotten that from?
If there’s an idea floating in different corners of the blogosphere, count on Daniel Lende at neuroanthopology to put it all together. That’s just what he did for this post on 5 rules for anthropologists to reach broader audiences.
The Economist has a short piece on gendercide- the systematic abortion or infanticide of female children. Almost more troubling that some areas of the world have a 120:100 male to female birthrate is the fact that neither poverty, education, rural/urban locality, or national policy alone can account for the rise of such cases.
Disciplined Struggle: Ryan Anderson of ethnografix posted on anthropology vs. economics–that intellectual cage match within the human sciences to explain social behavior. Economics get more recognition, Anderson reasons, because its basic premises lends itself to models that are easy to pick up and apply to any number of situations. But anthropologists’ attention ethnographic detail shouldn’t be a reason to fold our arms and say the world doesn’t understand us. But, Anderson argues, anthropologists have arguments in their toolbox that can scale up too.
HTS To Go: Maximillian Forte at Zero Anthropology posted on the latest development in the anthropomilitary strategy–the continuation of Human Terrain principles in Afghanistan without Human Terrain Teams. Forte shows that more and more of this knowledge production will be shifted to actual soldiers or military contractors.
Biologists Get All Biosocial: Has the world turned right side up? Nicolas Wade at the New York Times reports on new research that is getting biologists to recognize the role culture has played in recent human evolution.