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Making Names for Ourselves

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

When I mentioned the reuse of the names of deceased children in a recent post (Geneanthropology), it got me thinking about naming patterns. As genealogical evidence goes, I wonder if evidence from naming patterns, onomastic evidence, isn’t both one of the most underutilized and most overly valued indications of relationship. It is valuable if given […]

Begging the Citation

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I’ve recently been reminded of a few things that seemed to fall together into a somewhat oddly named post. What is the Logic?—Begging the Question First, I was reminded of the logical fallacy that goes by the name “begging the question.” Nowadays, that phrase is often used to mean a statement that seems to demand […]

What’s Hiding in a Place?

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Though we think of hope as something for the future and memory as something of the past, they are entwined and entangled. Our dreams are imprinted by our past and our memories are shaped by our desires. Hope springs eternal, so the saying goes, and eternity is not only the future, it also includes the […]

Geneanthropology

Monday, August 9th, 2010

So many years ago that I don’t quite remember where this took place, I was in an art museum with a friend or two and we came across a strange family portrait. I happened to know why it was so strange and so I got a chance to play tour guide, if only for one […]

1st Blogiversary and The Power of Negative Thinking

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Like many bloggers of yore (in internet terms I suppose “yore” means more than a year or two ago), I’m shocked to discover that my blogiversary is upon me. It has been exactly one year since my first post. At the end of this post, I’ll celebrate a little with links to some of my […]