About me–Or–Why what I say might be relevant.

I’m Joe.

I have a lot of interests, and as an anthropologist, none of them are immune to the perspective my background provides me. You’ll find posts here about whatever…from bones to bikes to bread.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology from Rhode Island College and am currently starting the process of finding a PhD program. I did my capstone thesis on gender and feminism, was awarded departmental honors for a thesis written on the use of variation in extant primates as a paleoanthropological model, and I spent the summer of 2013 doing paleoecological field work reconstructing the environments of our earliest immediate ancestors (who lived from 1.45- 2 million years ago) in the Turkana region of Kenya. I have also done a good amount of paleontological work in the Connecticut River Valley and if my buddy ever gets around to publishing…I’ll be co-author on a buncha stuff on which I’m not a specialist but am still pretty damn knowledgeable.

My focus is on biological anthropology, specifically paleoanthropology and primatology. Human evolution and our closest relatives. Biological human origins and common ancestry. Culturally, I am interested in sex and gender, race, social justice issues and the environment. I also write on my personal perspectives and experiences with generalized anxiety disorder. 

As an anthropologist I think I have an interesting perspective to offer that departs somewhat from your typical pissed off internet user with something to talk about. And I make a lot of bread. I would like to start exploring cultural/regional recipes and techniques and looking at how they tie into the culture in which they originated.

Depending how excited I get, I may end up posting any adventures I have…bicycle touring, mountain climbs/hikes, whatever, as they often help me in a meditative way to connect with the past that I am perpetually studying.

If you find this blog, cool. If you like it, awesome. If you have something to say about a post, even better. I welcome support and constructive criticism, but keep in mind that this is mostly an avenue for me to formulate ideas, and often I try to present topics in ways a nonspecialist can readily get into. That’s intentional. If you’re a specialist or particularly well read on a topic and think I’m leaving something out that you think is important…say so. Discussion is what’s up. I may have left it out because I thought it was a bit much for an introduction to a topic, or maybe it didn’t cross my mind or I didn’t know about it in the first place.

I will rarely post references. Most of my posts are based on knowledge and information I have accumulated from more than 10 years of reading/researching the various topics discussed. Sometimes I am drawing from a popular press article that may misrepresent the actual science or present a false dichotomy. In that case I may or may not link to the article because I don’t want it to be directed towards the researchers and taken as a criticism of their work. Or, maybe I am deeply critical of something to do with an article or study and invite the reactions and opinions of individuals who can familiarize themselves with it directly. I’m always using my best discretion here.

However, when I’m making some kind of claim related to statistics or whatever, I pull them up to make sure I’m consistent. Feel free to point out any discrepancies, but with paleontology of any kind, much of consensus is based on inductive reasoning. You can disagree, but explain why. Trolls will not be treated kindly.

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