It’s been almost a year of blogging, after a discussion of branding anthropology led to the 7 February 2011 Soft Launch of Living Anthropologically. Over 20,000 unique views later, here are the ten most viewed posts of 2011. Thank you for all the support!
Anthropology, Moral Optimism, and Capitalism: A Four-Field Manifesto
Anthropology knows more about capitalism than any other discipline. Our moral optimism is a closely-guarded secret. It’s time to talk.
Denisovans, Neandertals, Anthropology 101
Archaic Homo sapiens and various hybrids are on their way to Anthropology 101. Are we ready for Denisovans? For racist interpretations?
Agriculture as “Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race”?
Did agriculture give us the splendors of civilization or was agriculture, in Jared Diamond’s words, the “Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race”?
Anthropology and Occupy Wall Street
Head over to Greg Downey’s wonderful post David Graeber: anthropologist, anarchist, financial analyst.
The Florida Governor’s Daughter and Undergraduate Anthropology Major
The undergraduate anthropology major is a hidden strength: it is where the anthropological message is potentially the most world-changing.
Cultural Relativism 2011 – DSK, Guinea, Anthropology 101
Assessing cultural relativism and anthropology via dueling articles “Before you Judge, Stand in Her Shoes” and “Don’t walk a mile in her shoes.”
Mismeasuring Gould in “The Mismeasure of Science”
“The Mismeasure of Science” reassesses Gould’s Mismeasure of Man. But in a climate of race revival, this work will be misused.
Anthropology’s Challenge: We can be better
AAA president Virginia Dominguez provoked and challenged anthropologists in Montreal for the 2011 presidential address. We can be better.
Anthropology, Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden
1. Anthropology supports pursuing criminals, not a blanket “war on terror.”
2. Anthropology analyzes credit claims.
3. Anthropology deplores xenophobic nationalism.
Human Nature, Race, and Evolution in Anthropology 101
Anthropology can change the world–Anthropology 101 is a great place to start, but we can go beyond current textbooks.