Here is citation info for my sources. We can try to work on our words, but the words work on us too, largely without our awareness. So, here are some words that intrigue me: these are words I want to let ‘work on me.’
The radical cultural relativism popular in contemporary anthropological thought presupposes that cultures are incommensurable* with one another. On one level, this is true, on a higher level, it is a truism–they are still both ‘cultures.’ Cultures, as considered here, is a fundamental psychological mechanism that is included in the homo sapiens adaptive package. This … Continue reading Mediating Anthropology’s Feuding Factions
The word 'paragon' entered the cultural consciousness in the 16th Century. par·a·gon ˈperəˌɡän/ noun noun: paragon; plural noun: paragons a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality. "it would have taken a paragon of virtue not to feel viciously jealous" a person or thing viewed as a model of excellence. … Continue reading Religion & Science- Can’t Parse This?
How familiar are you with nostalpogy? Not at all? Yeah, me neither. it does not exist (at least to my knowledge as of 10 FEB 2017). So, whatever it is that nosalpogy represents, it is something of which I cannot conceptualize. Moreover, I'm incapable of conceptualizing it. If no person can elucidate what nosalpogy is , if no one … Continue reading Complete & Consistent
Being a member of society requires behaving in specific ways and performing specific actions. By doing so, you and I reaffirm not only, that our society actually exists, but also, that you and I (the individual entities) belong to this society. As members of society, we also do certain things that exclude other individuals. Now, … Continue reading Being in society
≬ Academia could stand to reconsider their current terminology or at the least review and reexamine the terms in usage. Each sub-discipline has its own lexicon of jargon. The technical terms of each sub-discipline are used to reference ethereal, only vaguely defined “things” whose empirical reality is sometimes questionable. Just because we cannot … Continue reading Embedded Levels of Discourse
[thesis] Science and religion's public juxtaposition created within our cultural era, presents the two paradigms as distinct and mutually exclusive worldviews. The general resonance of the debate between the two worldviews sounds aggressive and emotional. These domains are not necessarily engaged in a binary opposition. They are, simply, two of innumerable types of social structures, … Continue reading SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Certainly a dog has more self-awareness than do insects.(?) A dog displays a sense of self during interactions with a dog pack. A hierarchy exists within a pack and every member knows its position. For this to occur, the dog must have an awareness of things existing outside and independent of itself. The dog must also conceptualize … Continue reading The Big Ideas: Self Consciousness and Day-to-Day