Anthropology in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

October 4, 2012 / 0 comments

Anthropologists who like Sci-Fi often list Stargate and Star Trek as among their favorite television series. In my view some of the finest Anthropology focused episodes can be found in the seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve previously looked online for a list of them, and hadn’t found one so I thought I…

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Exoanthropology

October 13, 2010 / 0 comments

Update (March 2018): In more recent work on the issue of studying extraterrestrial difference I write: Incorporating the recent inclusion of non-humans in anthropology, the study of ETI cultures in SETI could be considered scientific speculative ethnography, a practice we could call xenoanthropology (the study of extraterrestrial cultures). Xeno- (alien) communicates not just outside (exo-), but…

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Glimmung: Gyroscope, Teenage Girl & Ocean

September 14, 2007 / 0 comments

I had the great pleasure of reading Phil Dick’s Galactic Pot-Healer (1969) last week. I’m now about to finish The Unteleported Man (1966). Pot-Healer is an extraordinary story of a divine life form from another world (yes, it’s Dick, you probably could have assumed that much) who recruits artisans, scientists and engineers from all over…

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