Neuroanthropology

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Neuroanthropology Now on Facebook

Posted by dlende on August 4, 2012

Neuroanthropology now comes in two forms on Facebook!

The Blog – With Extra Content

If you want to follow everything that we’re doing on the Neuroanthropology PLOS blog, and you also want short, fun posts that Greg and I have specifically written for Facebook, then head over to the Neuroanthropology Blog Facebook Page. I just stuck the great photo featured here up on Facebook – just a sample!

Neuroanthropology Interest Group

An active interest group – with lots of shared links and discussion – is growing quickly on Facebook. Here you can share and discover news stories and journal articles, and engage with like-minded people who want to explore the intersection of neuroscience and anthropology.

So two choices for more Neuroanthropology:

Link to Neuroanthropology Blog on Facebook

Link to Facebook Interest Group

2 Responses to “Neuroanthropology Now on Facebook”

  1. I wish you guys would do your homework. The biogenetic structuralist group invented the term “neuroanthropology” forty years ago (check out our Spectrum of Ritual book, 1979). I personally organized a Neuroanthropology Network Newsletter (http://www.biogeneticstructuralism.com/nnn/nnn.htm) in the 1980’s and have been talking about the field in numerous publications over the past decades. Why is it that anthropologists seem to no longer feel the necessity to integrate work that has gone before them? Are you aware that we ran Triple-A sessions on the issue in 1974 and 1975? Nuts!

    • gregdowney said

      Of course, we’re aware of your work Charlie, and we’ve been citing you since we started this in 2007. The fact that we haven’t done so in this particular post is certainly no indication that we don’t appreciate what’s gone before us. We’ve also cited your work in the volume that’s out, and repeatedly in other places as well. I understand irritation, but we DEFINITELY acknowledge those who have come before us, repeatedly. Not just you, but Boas, Robert Turner, Victor Turner, Gregory Bateson, Levi-Strauss, etc. etc. etc.

      While I agree, some anthropologists can be profoundly myopic, my background at the University of Chicago certainly taught me that, not only is it shallow and intellectually superficial to reinvent the wheel, but it is also a great way to have a conversation with yourself and lose the intellectual stimulation that can come from reading what someone else has thought about an idea. In fact, when we first started this weblog, you may recall, I tried to get in touch with you several times but never heard back from you. Perhaps I was using an old or defunct email address, but I was pulling them off the sites for biogenetic structuralism that I was linking to in the earliest piece I wrote about you. In fact, I think it was probably only the fourth or fifth online piece I ever wrote.

      So, yes, I agree with you, but I also think that we can close off the conversation by being overly defensive and dismissive of other people’s attempts. It’s not ‘Nuts!’ and I’m a little pissed off you’d come to a site, to scholars who have repeatedly tried to be gracious, and not do YOUR homework. I’ll continue to be gracious, but this is not the way to make me want to write any more about your work. There are too many people out there doing good work who are really excited by the new options we have for communicating through Facebook, blogging, and the like.

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