Back to school post: Walter Goldschmidt on becoming an anthropologist in 1970

In 1970, UCLA Professor and first-and-a-half wave Boasian Walter Goldschmitd published On becoming an anthropologist, a career pamphlet for students, for the American Anthropological Association. As some of us head back to school this week for that very purpose, I thought it would be interesting to look back and see what’s changed and what hasn’t.…

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Why did the New Archaeologists adopt Hempel’s covering-law model of explanation?

Michael E Smith asks why some New Archaeologists adopted Hempel’s covering law model of explanation in the early 1970s despite its known problems. A good question, and definitely worth pondering. There haven’t been volumes written about this, but there has been some reflection, and clues are available here and there. The short answer is that…

Dear reputable publishers: there are no trustworthy journals. There are replicable results, and good, well-supported arguments

Elsevier recently published an interview with Philippe Terheggen, their Managing Director of STM journals, about the importance of trustworthy publishers and journals for the integrity of science, in a world he portrays as increasingly corrupted by disreputable predatory publishers. “Trusted research information”, claims the article “remains an important cornerstone of the scientific process and contributes…