Science communication and conservative values

Roger Scruton's recent article in Prospect Magazine provides an interesting illustration of what Dan Kahn and Chris Mooney have been discussing on their respective blogs. (Kahn blogs regularly now at the Cultural Cognition Project and Mooney writes at the Desmog Blog.) The topic of their discussion: Is it possible to take the polemics out of … Continue reading Science communication and conservative values

Leadership Mismatch – what Napoleon can tell us about the evolution of leaders

The Emperor Napoleon was a consummate manipulator of other people’s expectations regarding leadership roles, and here's how you can be too... In an RSA lecture Matthew Taylor engages Mark van Vugt, author of Selected, over the salience of Cultural Theory to van Vugt’s evolutionary theory of leadership. [about 30:00 in] Professor van Vugt’s idea is … Continue reading Leadership Mismatch – what Napoleon can tell us about the evolution of leaders

How I learnt to stop worrying and love grid-group cultural theory

Fourcultures received a nice email from Huw asking how I learned about cultural theory. It was  while enrolled on a religious studies course that I first came across the work  of anthropologist Mary Douglas, who had developed a four part typology of cultures in her book Natural Symbols. Admittedly at the time it didn't seem … Continue reading How I learnt to stop worrying and love grid-group cultural theory