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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

Why Are We Afraid of Clowns?

Clown Shoes, William Redman (Creative Commons/Flickr). Ed. Note: What better way to round out Halloween than by considering why it is that clowns can strike fear into our hearts when they're supposed to be harmless?

October 31, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Anatomy of a Superstition: When Your Eye "Jumps"

Ed Note: Our foray into the spooky and superstitious continues with this look at a popular West Indian belief. This post originally appeared on AiP on October 25, 2010—and it was selected as a ResearchBlogging Editor's Selection!

October 27, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Editor's Selections: Power and Corruption, and Physical Punishment

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.

October 27, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

The American Fascination With Zombies

Ed note: As Halloween rapidly approaches in the US, AiP will be exploring superstitions, beliefs, and the things that go bump in the night. This post originally appeared on AiP on May 17th, 2011, in response to Zombie Awareness Month—oh, it's real all right.

October 26, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

What Makes a Rabbit's Foot Lucky?

Ed note: As Halloween rapidly approaches in the US, AiP will be exploring superstitions, beliefs, and the things that go bump in the night. [Evil laugh.] Luckily for this rabbit, it still has all four feet.

October 26, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

#NYCSciTweetUp Next Thursday, 10/27

The 5th #NYCSciTweetUp will be on 10/27, which is next Thursday! Details on the location have to be finalized, but you can always find the most up-to-date information on the Facebook invite.Special thanks to Bora Zivkovic and John Timmer for handling the details while I've been off of my feet (literally).

October 20, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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