Monuments to Wonder

February 16, 2017 / 0 comments

Aimed toward the sky – these radio telescopes look up into space. Listening, collecting, as monuments to wonder. Where are they aimed, what are they listening to, looking at, receiving? Considered as a monument, the dish stands for the yet to know and understand, and sometimes less often for communication with something or someone orbiting Earth or another…

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Exploring Extraterrestrial Oceans Here on Earth

March 12, 2015 / 0 comments

NASA has announced that observations from the Hubble telescope suggest there is a vast underground ocean on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, which is also the largest moon in our solar system: “Scientists estimate the ocean is 60 miles (100 kilometers) thick – 10 times deeper than Earth’s oceans – and is buried under a 95-mile (150-kilometer)…

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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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“The loneliness of the long-distance exoplanetary anthropologist…”

December 10, 2010 / 0 comments

There are two kinds of offworld anthropology: Near Distance and Long Distance. With typical Earth-centrism, the “distance” is measured in light years from the Blue Marble. Try explaining to a Gorgolian that he’s “Long Distance” when you’re on his doorstep. At least Gorgolians won’t spit in your face when you try to interview them about…

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Exoanthropology

October 13, 2010 / 0 comments

The recent discovery of a possibly Earth-like planet, Gliese 581g, had me thinking about exo-/xeno-/astro-anthropology again and about the possibility of studying cultures on other planets.  Since the early 90s when I started my undergraduate education in biology and philosophy, I’ve been interested in the relatively easy acceptance of the “hard sciences” approach to studying theoretical…

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