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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

What Time Does The Cock Crow?

Rooster, by raymondgobis/Flickr Ed. Note: Long time readers are well aware that I have a quirk about Time. You can read my other discussions here. The Experience of TimeTime is a measure of events, duration, and change.

November 30, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Live Blog: Field Notes From Thanksgiving

Here in the US, many of us are in the midst of Thanksgiving preparations: turkeys are being baked (or perhaps fried) and basted, potatoes are being mashed, and pies are setting.

November 24, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Collecting Signs of Life

It's true that pictures can be worth a thousand words. The images I've collected in the Signs of Life album represent a particular look at the things that constitute my life—as well of the lives of many others who exist in the same communities as I do.These pictures represent the heart of anthropology in practice as they highlight the often overlooked elements that form the foundation that we have with each other and the world at large.

November 16, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Hidden Find: Cannon's Walk at the South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport is home to boisterous bit of New York City history. It's one of my favorite parts of the City, and although it's changing rapidly as lower Manhattan undergoes a residential transformation, I'm thrilled that it still has secrets to reveal.The door to 206 Front Street was open last week when I wandered over to the Seaport.

November 16, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Malagasy Myth Explains Why Bats Sleep Upside Down

Golden crowned fruit bat. Creative Commons, Wikimedia. My friend Wendy traveled to Madagascar where she was bitten by a (tame) lemur, nearly fell through a broken bridge to her doom, and climbed a mountain of steps.

November 11, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Sheril Kirshenbaum on Why We Kiss

Sheril Kirshenbaum, science writer and author of The Science of Kissing , has an interesting discussion on why we kiss and how kisses work to stimulate chemistry between two people: A kiss puts two people in very close proximity.

November 11, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Editor's Selections: Crucifixion, Megafauna Extinction, and Coffins

Ed Note: Part of my online life includes editorial duties at ResearchBlogging.org, where I serve as the Social Sciences Editor. Each Thursday, I pick notable posts on research in anthropology, philosophy, social science, and research to share on the ResearchBlogging.org News site.

November 10, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Getting Serious With Siri

Our robotic overlords must be delighted by the way iPhone users have taken to Siri.I met her on Friday. But apparently, she was talking to me before we were formally introduced: When S arrived at the rail station to pick me up, Siri had been reading my text messages aloud and sending me his responses.S was delighted.

November 8, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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