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How not to combine ethnography and experiments in the study of moral judgment

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Published on 26 May 2016 at 16:03
In his latest Blog post, Hugo Mercier, discusses Clark Barrett et al.’s paper in PNAS: “Small-scale societies exhibit fundamental variation in the role of intentions in moral judgment.” (available here.) Unlike Hugo, I don’t find this piece of work fascinating. In fact, given that excellent scholars I respect and admire have invested a good amount of effort in this work, I am quite disappointed, disappointed enough that I could write a long post detailing what I see as many serious theoretical and methodological weaknesses in this article, and too disappointed to bother to do so....

Why are some languages more regular than others?

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Published on 2 January 2012 at 00:37
Many years ago, I did anthropological fieldwork among the Dorze of Southern Ethiopia. Since no grammar of the Dorze language was...

An epidemiology-of-representations solution to a WWII shipwreck mystery

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Published on 16 October 2011 at 00:33
The Australian Cruiser HAMS Sidney After a shameful lull in the activities of the ICCI (Sorry, folks!), we need something sensat...

What the judge ate for breakfast

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Published on 13 April 2011 at 13:20
How do people make decision? One view is that they arrive at their decisions by reasoning, using as premises their beliefs and de...

Paul the Octopus, relevance and the joy of superstition

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Published on 13 July 2010 at 02:10
So, as you all know, Spain beat the Netherlands and won the World Football Cup in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. As most of you m...

Is kinship back?

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Published on 27 May 2012 at 13:31
In the last issue of Science (25 May, 2012), a plea by Stephen Levinson for the study of kinship terminology, and an article by C...

Why are some languages more regular than others?

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Published on 30 December 2011 at 19:14
Many years ago, I did anthropological fieldwork among the Dorze of Southern Ethiopia. Since no grammar of the Dorze language was...

David Hume, the anthropologist, born May 7, 1711

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Published on 7 May 2011 at 01:00
David Hume, described in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as "the most important philosopher ever to write in English," wa...

Creative pairs

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Published on 20 September 2010 at 14:17
Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe (photo by Norman Seeff) Hugo Mercier and I have of late been developing the idea that reason...

“Oy vey, have you got the wrong vampire!” A reply to Frans de Waal

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Published on 22 June 2010 at 19:15
I am used to being attacked by fellow anthropologists for having a naturalistic approach and for arguing that cognitive science,...
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