Not So Fast Neuroscience!

Over at Religion Dispatches my friend Andrew Aghapour (a fellow College of Charleston religious studies alum) does a nifty take down of neuroscience explanations of religion by picking apart a claim that Apple products function the same as religious imagery: Which “religious” parts of Alex Brooks’ brain lit up when he was shown Apple products? … Continue reading Not So Fast Neuroscience!

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Help Me Write Better: How Much Signposting is Too Much Signposting in Academic Writing?

As I've been writing I've been thinking about the use of signposting in my writing. I have always thought the strength of my academic writing was my organization. I spend a lot of energy making sure a chapter/essay is built well and one way I do that is through very blatant signpost of what the … Continue reading Help Me Write Better: How Much Signposting is Too Much Signposting in Academic Writing?

Fat Coated Bullets Are Never a Good Idea

It's 1857 all over again folks! Via Amy Levin at the Revealer: Is this real? Or just some spoof from the West Wing or Law & Order? Could the US military really be using bullets covered with oil containing 13% pig fat to evoke fear in Islamic terrorists and allegedly send them into eternal damnation? For the moment, … Continue reading Fat Coated Bullets Are Never a Good Idea

Research Trip Wrap Up: From “Heathens” to “Hindoos”

The first research trip is over and as I look back over my notes I'm realizing that I may have been asking the wrong questions all along. Going into the trip I thought the East India Marine Society would be the perfect case study for how ideas about Hinduism floated into America through trade networks. … Continue reading Research Trip Wrap Up: From “Heathens” to “Hindoos”

Research Trip Post #3: Toasts, Gods, and Museum Catalogs

 I got out of the library archive and into the museum the past couple of days. Yesterday, thanks to a wonderful curator at the Peabody Essex Museum,  I was got a quick tour of the East India Marine Hall and saw a handful of the original EIMS collection that is on display currently. She even … Continue reading Research Trip Post #3: Toasts, Gods, and Museum Catalogs

Trying to Find the “Hindoos” in Salem

So yesterday I spent all day working in the beautiful reading room of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. If you are wondering what I was looking for you can find out here. So what did I find? Not much. Yet. I spent yesterday going through the minutes of the East India Marine … Continue reading Trying to Find the “Hindoos” in Salem

The First Research Trip: Hinduism & Sailors in Salem, MA

It's that time of year again: research trips! I have begun my first official dissertation research trip this week. I'll be spending four days in the lovely Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusettes. While I'm here I'll be digging into the records of the Salem East India Marine Society (EIMS). Here's … Continue reading The First Research Trip: Hinduism & Sailors in Salem, MA