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Humanist Archives: April 6, 2022, 6:57 a.m. Humanist 35.641 - pubs: interdisciplinary explorations

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 641.
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        Date: 2022-04-05 13:39:42+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
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Science in the Forest, Science in the Past: Further Interdisciplinary
Ed. Willard McCarty, Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd, Aparecida Vilaça. London and
New York: Routledge, 2022.


Science in the Forest, Science in the Past: Further Interdisciplinary
Explorations comprises of papers from the second of two workshops
involving a group of scholars united in the conviction that the great
diversity of knowledge claims and practices for which we have evidence
must be taken seriously in their own terms rather than by the yardstick
of Western modernity.

Bringing to bear social anthropology, history and philosophy of science,
computer science, classics and sinology among other fields, they argue
that the use of such dismissive labels as ‘magic’, ‘superstition’ and
the ‘irrational’ masks rather than solves the problem and reject
counsels of despair which assume or argue that radically alien beliefs
are strictly unintelligible to outsiders and can be understood only from
within the system in question. At the same time, they accept that how to
proceed to a better understanding of the data in question poses a
formidable challenge. Key problems identified in the inaugural workshop,
whose proceedings were published in HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
(2019) and in HAU Books (2020), provided the basis for asking how
obvious pitfalls might be avoided and a new or revised framework within
which to pursue these problems proposed.

Willard McCarty

1. Introduction
Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd

2. Philosophical engagements with distant sciences
Nicholas Jardine

3. Mongolian map- making as practice
Caroline Humphrey

4. Star canoes, voyaging worlds
Anne Salmond

5. Counting generation(s)
Marilyn Strathern

6. A pagan arithmetic: unstable sets in indigenous Amazonia
Aparecida Vilaça

7. As perceived, not as known: digital enquiry and the art of intelligence
Willard McCarty

8. Inventing Artificial Intelligence in Ethiopia
Alan F. Blackwell, Addisu Damena and Tesfa Tegegne

9. Mereological themes in cuneiform worldmaking
Francesca Rochberg

10. Monteverdi’s unruly women and their Amazonian sisters
Stephen Hugh-Jones

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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