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Writing Life No. 13: An interview with Matthew Wolf-Meyer

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From the bottom left, clockwise: my writing board (which currently has a note from my kids and a note about a future paper to be written), a stack of tax paperwork for 2020, a box of Kind bars, my lamp, a Mark Dancey print based upon a Drexciya album, the video game computer with an early game of Civilization, my
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Reworking the Cognitive Bias – a Brainstorm

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Can we change the way that we think about thinking? Can we rework our thoughts about thought? If so, what would reworking thought open up, analytically and ethnographically? Those were the provocations we started with, an invitation to draw together early career researchers working on diverse ways of conceptualizing thinking and not-thinking, cognizing and not-cognizing. 

Even asking these questions raises …

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Don’t Fight the Future

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For the last few years, I’ve been teaching a class called “Human Futures.” I designed it because I was struck by the increasing pessimism among the undergraduates I taught, many of whom expressed deep anxieties about the future. I wanted to provide them with a curriculum that was both realist in its assessment of the threats we collectively …

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CfP (AAA 2019): Reworking the Cognitive Bias in and out of Biomedicine

This year, we at Somatosphere are trying an experiment in academic mentorship. Two of our regular contributors and editorial collaborative members, Emily Yates-Doerr and Matthew Wolf-Meyer, are hosting a panel designed to ease early-career anthropologists (broadly defined) into academic publishing. The idea is to bring together scholars interested in analyzing cognition or cognitive-related practices ethnographically (see the CFP below), with …

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Respect, care, and labor in collaborative scholarly projects

As members of Somatosphere’s Editorial Collaborative, we have been following the unfolding crisis surrounding Hau with profound concern (Agro 2018, Flaherty 2018). As others have noted, this crisis has revealed multiple structural issues that deserve intense engagement beyond the specifics of the individual case: open-access (OA), digital scholarship and publication, yes, but also academic power, precarity, and vulnerability;

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What Can We Do with Uncertainty?

I always seem to be having lunch with neuroscientists. I’m not entirely sure why – maybe it’s simply because it fits into our shared professional, adult schedules that make a noontime meeting particularly convenient. And this time Dr. Gibson and I are talking about his lab’s most recent experiments, attempts to measure the emotional experiences individuals have as they are …

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