Month: December 2020

Research design, what even is that?

… structured, rigorous curiosity Also guess who’s convening the Research Design course come the semester start. A challenge in teaching or being taught research design is talking directly…

The illicit gift and the offer you cannot refuse

The Gift by Marcel Mauss is one of the most profound essays in sociology and anthropology. Mauss was interested in what happened between people, as that is where…

The real steal

In what sense is crime a coherent action category? There is the positivist sense that there is a state defined category of human action that justifies coercive control…

I know you don’t want to talk about ontology so I plan to make you

Ontology and epistemology are two dimensions of research that are easily despatched in a sentence yet which give every research a lifetime of heartache. Ontology is the theory…

Once more into the uncanny valley my friends, once more

Our first autonomous robot arrived in the house last week. It is a wee fellow, hugging the ground as if cowering in the presence of its true master, the…


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