Paul Mason: Slides on Neuroanthropology

Paul Mason has sent me PowerPoint slides on Neuroanthropology that draw upon a lot of the same resources that he cited in an earlier post I put up on his behalf. Paul’s in the field in Indonesia, and he writes in sometimes from internet cafes, but we should eventually have him as a regular contributor when he’s back with some regular Internet access. And then he can also tell us more, too, about his own research.

Paul includes a number of choice quotes, but I wanted to make sure that everyone got a chance to see his diagram of a systems-based approach to ‘fight-dancing’ in cultural, biological, and ecological context (in both Indonesia and Brazil). It’s a rich diagram, and I think that we, as neuroanthropologist, will need to do a lot of complex visualization in order to make our points to a broad audience. Paul must get all the credit for this one.Mason slideIn the meantime, i don’t yet have a complete bibliography on this material, so we’ll have to get in touch with Paul if anyone really wants to get the sources he’s using. He sent this about a month ago, and I was not clear on how to post PowerPoint slides, but I think it’s pretty straightforward. We’ll see….neuroanthropology.ppt

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Trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, I have gone on to do fieldwork in Brazil and the United States. I have written one book, Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005). I have also co-authored and co-edited several, including, with Dr. Daniel Lende, The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012), and with Dr. Melissa Fisher, Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke, 2006). My research interests include neuroanthropology, psychological anthropology, sport, dance, human rights, neuroscience, phenomenology, economic anthropology, and just about anything else that catches my attention.

8 thoughts on “Paul Mason: Slides on Neuroanthropology

  1. Really interesting powerpoint and quotes.

    Could you please, add a bibliography of the authours which are mentionned in this Powerpoint ?

  2. Sylvain —
    I’ll try to get you that. As I’ve mentioned, Paul is in Indonesia doing his fieldwork, so he’s a bit hard to reach. That’s why I’m posting stuff for him. Look back in a little while, and I’ll try to get one for all the readers. There’s some great stuff in there that Paul’s pulled together.

    best, greg

  3. I apologise for the sketchiness, but For those people interested some interesting references can be found here:

    M.J. The Split-Brain and the Culture-Cognition Paradox.
    Paredes, J.A. & Hepburn,
    Current Anthropology 17, (1976) 320 -322.

    More on Split-Brain Research and Anthropology
    Colin Martindale, J. Anthony Paredes, Marcus J. Hepburn
    Current Anthropology, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 738-742

    More on Split-Brain Research and Anthropology
    Warren D. TenHouten, Charles D. Kaplan, J. Anthony Paredes, Marcus J. Hepburn
    Current Anthropology, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Jun., 1977), pp. 344-350

    Other papers co-authored by Professor TenHouten may be found in Intern. J. Neuroscience 8:1-6 (1977), 28:125-146 (1985), 30:255-260 (1986); J. Alt. States of Consc. 4(2):129-140 (1978-79); Cur. Anthro. 17(3):503-506 (1976), 18(2):344-346 (1977)

    The Spectrum of Ritual: A Biogenetic Structural Analysis
    E. d’Aquili, C. D. Laughlin Jr., J. McManus
    New York: Columbia University Press, 1979

    Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synaesthetes Color their world
    Patricia Lynne Duffy
    Owl Books 2002

    And a couple of links:

    Click to access m-couser.pdf

    And not part of my references, but just a funky little article I found:

    Click to access 11_Debate.pdf

  4. For citations: The Brain, Culture and Environment (pictured above) diagram has just been published on page 109 of the following article.

    Mason, P.H. (2007) Alam, Otak dan Kebudayaan: Perkembangan Baru Tentang Pengetahuan Musik dan Tari. Gema Seni: Jurnal Komunikasi, Informasi, dan Dokumentasi Seni, Vol 2, no. 4, pp. 108-119.

  5. I am looking for partners to discus mathers as braindevelopment and the lack of speech to support a normal development. We have been talking about this subject before in Geleen, Netherlands.
    Please get in contact.

    Harry Palmen.

  6. Autism is a life long disorder. There is also an epidemic of children misdiagnosed with autism who really have things like “fetal alcohol syndrome” or “fragile x” or “laundau kleffner syndrome (Jenny mccarthy’s son), “adhd” or “aspergers” or “PDD” that aren’t truly autistic, so it’s important to separate the non-autistics with the truly autistics, or we will FOREVER be spinning in a cirlce of confusion when it comes to research and treatment of authentic true autism. See cdfoakley channel on youtube for a look at what is probably the most authentic look at true SEVERE autsim seen on internet. Of course, there are other higher functioning autistics, but this channel gives researchers an insight into what severe to PROFOUND autism looks like. Very important. Extremely educational. And don’t forget cases like Donna Williams, the alleged “high functioning autistic” who for years wrote books about her HF autism, but now has recently been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder Google: “…/losing-time-dissociative-identity-disorder-and-the-real-time-travellers” We have to be very CAREFUL who we call autistic and who we call other things, because it seems AUTISM has become a very popular label assigned to NON autistics, which actually HURTS the truly autistic population. Be careful. Know what autism is, and what it is NOT. Jenny McCarthy’s son was said to NEVER have had autism, but Landau Kleffner Syndrome. So be careful. As for John Travolta’s son, Jett, he was TRULY autistic and the public didn’t understand the PAIN or pressure this poor man and his family endured while trying to raise this child. This is WHY it is critical TRUE autism, especially autism with epilepsy is understood by PUBLIC. And as for autistics who suffer from constant self abuse, take a look at kgaccount or cdfoakly on YOU TUBE for a REAL look on autism and self injurious behavior. Be prepared to have your eyes opened. There are MANY things that HELP severely autistics, we need to understand how we can HELP these families, no matter what their income is….TRUE autism is a serious disorder that requires DIRECT support and help, NOT endless meetings, symposiums, research and seminars. These families of these truly autistic persons need DIRECT immediate SUPPORT and help. It is absolutely USELESS that a brigade of professionals run around “talking about autism” for years and years but don’t actually provide the supports neeed for families who are living with autism RIGHT NOW. Does anyone wonder WHY murder suicides among families raising severely autistic persons is RISING? IT”s because they are desperate for HELP and support. DO you really think another research project or seminar, symposium or meeting is going to HELP them right NOW? HELL NO. They need people to come into their home and HELP right now. NOT strangers who sit in far away places “talking about autism” or “cures to autism.” What a waste of time and energy!@ You want to help? Than talk to your politicians about providing MORE home health funding or RESPITE care to families who are dealing every day with severe autism and need respite or nursing care! That will help. Not a bunch of professionals sitting around in some 4 star hotel, doing “power point presentations” about autism.

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