Monthly Archives: March 2011

Market Exchange/ Symbolic Exchange

This week’s class was kind of all over the map as we touched on economic anthropology in the form of the unforgettable “Ongka’s Big Moka” and a short discussion of capitalism. Now’s your chance to have a say on the … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker on language

We first met Steven Pinker, a linguist at MIT, in a video we watched in class called “The Mind’s Big Bang” where he expounds on the many evolutionary benefits language must have conveyed upon our ancestors – in particular he … Continue reading

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Entoptic Phenomena/ The Trance State

This post is to follow up on our lecture on the role of shamanism in the production of rock art in the upper paleolithic and, more broadly, the relationship of art to religion. Shamanism, you will recall, is the ritualized … Continue reading

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