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Professor of Environmental Science

It’s Mumford Time! Environmental Icarine Writers and the verification of spectacular claims

The case of the monastic clock and the invention of capitalism. Fashioning an intellectual life is like unraveling a wooly sweater in reverse where instead of picking at a loose thread or two and witnessing the garment come asunder, one … Continue reading

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The Irish Pre-famine Population

A couple of days ago I posted on Ken Connell, the Irish economic and social historian whose conclusions about the Irish population before the Great Famine remains influential and controversial.  I posted a longer piece on the topic at 3quarksdaily…  … Continue reading

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Professor K H Connell (1917-1973) and Irish Pre-Famine Population Statistics

I have been spending a good bit of the past week thinking about Irish pre-famine population statistics.  I am hoping it will be a good case-study for students in the coming months as teaching gets going again.  I will also … Continue reading

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Civilization and its contents: how the world’s earliest cities manifest Neolithic carnal excesses

Being primarily a note on V Gordon Childe ( (1892 – 1957) and the definition of civilization. “Libraries”, Foucault said, “are the habitat of Man.”  I was in a university library when I read this.  It was the Arts library … Continue reading

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The Social Ladder and the Ecological Ground – Julian Steward and multilinear evolution in the middle 20th C

The urban experience is a relatively new one for us.   The oldest cities emerged from 5000-3500 BC, slowly evolving out of antecedent Neolithic villages and settlements throughout the world, some of which date back as far as 10,000 BC.  George … Continue reading

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Brain, liquefaction of

The following is an excerpt from my unpublished manuscript “A Shorter History of Bodily Fluids” B.  Brain, liquefaction of: also known as encephalomalacia (from the Greek, μαλακία softening), necrencephalus (from Greek, νεκρο + κεϕαλή  deadhead), ramollissement cérébral (from the French … Continue reading

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In Luster Diminished: Writing Kant out of the Philosophy of Science

In the introductory chapter of his helpful Introduction to Phenomenology Robert Sokolowski reports on the genesis of his book project in a lunchtime conversation with a professor of mathematics and philosophy who reported on the following significant difference between mathematicians … Continue reading

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