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ProjectWestWind: Hacktivist Statement on Education

October 4, 2012 / 0 comments

Hacktivists Team Ghost Shell have accessed over fity university servers and released data on pastebin.com. The data release was not a pure invasion of privacy or act of data mining for identity theft, it was a political act, a cyber-equivalent of sabotage. The purpose? To get out a message about problems in education today. It’s also…

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What are “Indigenous Religions”?

November 19, 2010 / 0 comments

As I browse publisher’s web sites for forthcoming volumes on religion, anthropology, sociology and other topics relevant to my research, I’m struck by one of the categories frequently used: Indigenous Religions.  Listed with categories for books on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Comparative Religions, etc. this Indigenous genre stands out. The other genres are, for the most part,…

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Exoanthropology

October 13, 2010 / 3 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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Laughlin & Throop (on experience and reality)

October 10, 2009 / 0 comments

“The forms of knowledge that technologies mediate is integral to both a society’s cultural information pool, and to the extramental reality in which they live. Technology itself constitutes an alteration of that relationship — especially as it intervenes in the experiential aspects of that relationship . . . Technologies are in a sense ‘artifacts of…

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Andy Letcher at Horizons 2009

October 9, 2009 / 0 comments

I looked forward to hearing Andy Letcher speak at Horizons.  I hadn’t heard of his work or his book “Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom,” but the synopsis for his presentation sounded interesting: For those who have encountered the sacred mushroom, the psilocybin experience is like an ancient codex whose glyphs are at…

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