Around the Web

In Defense of Diamond: robertphilen.blogspot.com recommends some non anthropology books for cultural anthropologists to read. And yes, he includes the book that everyone loves to hate: Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Military Primitivism? The San Diego Union-Tribune writes on Combat Hunter, a new Marine training program to stalk and kill enemies based on their senses and instincts. Says the director:

These are primal skills that we all have but that we evolved out of,” he added. “We are going back in time. The Marines who go through this program will never be the same. They’ll never look at the world the same again.

Keywords: Human Terrain Team just made Wired’s Jargon Watch.

Check your Data at the Door: The AAA Public Affairs Blog comments on Homeland Security Search and Seizure, and what it could mean for anthropologists carrying confidential information about their interlocutors.

Apologies: CNN recently posted a video segment on the possible Congressional apology to Native Americans.

Fair-Minded Anthropocentrism: Enkerli on Disparate discusses the conceptions of humanity in other sciences and and his anthropological responses.

No Cameras! Karen Nakamura was able to publish a ‘snippet’ of a recent article on her blog: A Case Against Giving Informants Cameras (and Coming Back Weeks Later).

3 thoughts on “Around the Web

  1. The pictures on the San Diego story – gosh, “mock-Iraqis” cleverly distinguished from baseball-cap wearing US troops :/
    The book list – I’m going to head off Jared Diamond comment by mentioning that I’d be very tempted to add Emmanuel LeRoy Ladurie’s Carnival in Romans. I read it at the same time as I was writing my thesis after research in an FCO archive and it really helped me think a bit more historically. Historians may completely disagree, but I thought it was a nice example of actor-centric writing i.e. not just Character X does Y and then … but rather dealing with a lot of the “why?” including how a personality or background might have lead an action to occur or a decision to be made.

  2. Thanks for the nudge. My post was mostly personal reaction to a current trend in mainstream science media. It does relate to the way we teach, especially in introductory courses.

  3. Hehe, I can imagine some of the people here bristling at the idea of someone only being able to post a “snippet” of her own thoughts because of concerns over copyright and the AAA. Horrible thing not to own your own opinions.

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