I’ve recently been musing about candles. A couple of reasons, I think. One is the increasing use of LED candles (mainly because of concerns about setting things alight and also they work outdoors in a breeze) and the other reason for me is noting that they are being used with particular cultural significances attached or […]
This is a really helpful video in setting out briefly and cogently about how culture makes a difference and what the basis of culture is. He contrasts Homo Sapiens with chimpanzees, noting that we can co-operate widely and flexibly in which our relative uniqueness is found. He mentions the shared cognitive space we have and […]
A freely available article from Anvil journal offering an evangelical affirmation of homophile relationships when exclusive life-long intention is present. Abstract: This paper offers a critique of the ‘binary’ nature of much biblical interpretation and ethical belief in the Church, rejecting simplistic ‘either-or’ approaches to both. Instead there is offered an interpretation of key biblical […]
This mini-lecture is useful in outlining simply and easily an evolutionary biologigical approach to the origin of language in a way that makes connections with culture. There is a hint of a possible connection with mimetic rivalry. However, there isn’t really an actual genesis moment, just an explanation of why language makes evolutionary sense. The […]
A neat example of the co-evolution of artefacts and mores; the conversation between things and usages in culture. Language Log » Phone Etiquette 2.0.
This is a nice intro to considering the way that supermarkets function in urban life and for city-dwellers. As such it opens up some possibilities for a full-blown cultural analysis. It’s also noticing things that help ministers to consider the kinds of things that they may need to know in thinking about church and mission […]