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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

Why Do Some Like It Hot?

Ed Note: My SciAm colleagues Bora Zivkovic and Jason Goldman recently re-posted their excellent discussions on our mad affair with peppers. As Jason rightly notes, pepper—in the form of pepper spray—has been in the news much of late and people are horrified at its potential to hurt...

December 2, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Science Can Be Pink, But It Should Also Be Equal

I have three beautiful nieces. One is thirteen, one just turned two, and the littlest one will be celebrating her first birthday on Friday. They're all experiencing various stages of change and undergoing assorted adjustments...

December 1, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

What Time Does The Cock Crow?

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

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