This article presents a summary and discussion of key findings from ten months of experimental cyberethnography among tulpamancers.[i] Tulpas, a term reportedly borrowed from Tibetan Buddhism, are imaginary companions who are said to have achieved full sentience after being conjured through ‘thought-form’ meditative practice. Human ‘hosts’, or tulpamancers, mediate their practice through open-ended how-to guides and discussion …
Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter
By Terrence Deacon
W. W. Norton, 2013, paperback, 627 pages.
Incomplete Nature is a big book, literally and conceptually. The subtitle “How Mind Emerged From Matter” hints of a grand synthesis and Terrence Deacon, chair of University of California–Berkeley’s anthropology department, presents a dense argument which defies usual labels. The result is part …
I recently edited a special issue of Clio’s Psyche on “psychoanalytic anthropology” which may be of interest to Somatosphere’s readers. The issue contains 18 brief and accessible articles on a range of approaches in psychoanalytic anthropology as well as personal reflections from anthropologists working from a variety of psychoanalytic perspectives, including contributions from Robert LeVine, Ellen Corin, Howard Stein, and …
Face aux désastres
Une conversation à quatre voix sur la folie, le care et les grandes détresses collectives
by Anne M. Lovell, Stefania Pandolfo, Veena Das, and Sandra Laugier (organized by Anne M. Lovell)
Les editions Ithaque, 2013, 204 pages.
Three anthropologists and one philosopher have joined forces and written an extraordinary book, which is a well-founded …
Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind
by Osagie K. Obasogie
Stanford Law Books, Stanford University Press, 2014, 269 pp.
Osagie Obasogie’s Blinded by Sight is driven by a seemingly straightforward question: how do blind people understand race? To answer this, he divides his analysis into two parts. In the first half of the book, …
Identity and Difference:
John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness
By Etienne Balibar
Introduction by Stella Sanford
Translated by Warren Montag
Verso, 2013, 158 pp
Multi-layered, multi-dimensional, and in important respects multi-lingual, the English edition of Etienne Balibar’s groundbreaking Identity and Difference presents a layered approach to one of the most significant philosophical debates of our age.
John Locke’s Essay …