Hawaii – Tools of the Trade

A methodology for observing (being a flaneur), wandering, observing, collecting, interacting, creating, learning, sharing, communing, tinkering with life (bricoleur). As a result of these things discovering and being part of communities, finding and being part of new stories, ways of seeing, knowing and existing.

(My) Tools of the Trade:

Zebra Pen

Moleskin Notebook

Keen Shoes

Nikon D5300 Camera

18-200mm Nikon Lens

35mm Nikon Lens

iPhone 11







MacBook Pro


Senses – all of them. Touch, taste, feel, listen, look, and see using instinct and intuition.

Questions, questions and more questions…

Reflection and reflection and more reflection…

Research: Annotated Bibliography

Allen, Emma, ‘Santiago’, AEON, 18 November 2019 <https://aeon.co/videos/our-biological-past-and-our-technological-future-play-out-on-a-single-human-face>

“In this animated self-portrait, the UK artist Emma Allen uses her face as a canvas for a remarkable, millennia-spanning stop-motion. With her features always visible but transformed by the images painted across them, Allen takes us through evolution, from primordial creatures, through large mammals, to humans, before offering a vision of what’s to come – a future in which we transcend the limits of (or perhaps lose touch with) biology.”

Amer, Karim, and Noujaim, Jehane, The Great Hack (Netflix, 2019) <https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9358204/>

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Arendt, Hannah, Men in Dark Times (New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1983)

Interested in Arendt and her thoughts on evil.

Bringsjord, Selmer and Govindarajulu, Naveen Sundar, “Artificial Intelligence”, The Stanford 

Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2019 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), forthcoming URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2019/entries/artificial-intelligence/>.

A philosophical overview of artificial intelligence.

Collier, Andrew, Critical Realism: An Introduction to Roy Bhaskar’s Philosophy (London, New York: Verso, 1994)

A book about critical-realism which will be used as an grounding philosophy for research and epistemological understanding of reality.

Collier, John Jr., and Collier, Malcolm, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method, Revised and Expanded (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1986)

A book on the methodology and epistemology of the use of photography as ethnography.

D’Costa, Krystal, ‘To Counteract Propaganda, We Should Look to Lessons from Advertising.’, Scientific American, 21 June 2017

“Between alternative facts and outright lies, the truth has never been more grey. For every point, there’s a counterpoint on our social forums. Any while we’re quick to call bias in the ways others are filtering and processing information, this does little to actually dissuade them from believing in and sharing “alternative facts.””

Docherty, Neil, and Fanning, David, ‘In The Age of AI’, In The Age of AI (PBS, 2019) <https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/in-the-age-of-ai/>

A fascinating look into the future of AI and the ramifications for humanity.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor, The Brothers Karamazov, trans. by Pevear, Richard and Volokbonsky, Larissa (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990)

A literary exploration on what it means to be human and being in the human condition.

Dreyfuss, Emily, ‘Netflix’s The Great Hack Brings Our Data Nightmare to Life’, Wired, 24 July 2019 <https://www.wired.com/story/the-great-hack-documentary/>

“Ostensibly, it tells the story of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but even if you know that sordid tale already, the film is worth a look. It uses the scandal as a framework to illustrate the data mining structures and algorithms that are undermining individual liberty and democratic society, one Facebook like and meme at a time.”

Emerson, M. Robert, Fretz, I. Rachel, and Shaw, L. Linda, Writing Ethnographic Field Notes, Second (Chicago and London: The university of Chicago Press, 2011)

Using to learn ethnographic research techniques and the writing of field notes.

Epstein, Robert, ‘The New Mind Control’, AEON, 18 February 2016 <https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-internet-flips-elections-and-alters-our-thoughts>

“The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do.”

Saeed, Farhan, ‘9 Powerful Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Use Today’, IQVIS, 16 January 2017

“Today, Artificial Intelligence is a very popular subject that is widely discussed in the technology and business circles. Many experts and industry analysts argue that AI or machine learning is the future – but if we look around, we are convinced that it’s not the future – it is the present.”

Harari, Noah Yuval, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, First (New York: HarperCollins, 2017)

A look at AI and the future.

The Ted Interview, ‘Yuval Noah Harari Reveals the Real Dangers Ahead’, The Ted Interview <https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yuval-noah-harari-reveals-the-real-dangers-ahead/id1437306870?i=1000444657761>

A provocative podcast on what the future of AI will look like and the mining of our digital data.

Heidegger, Martin, The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays, trans. by Lovitt, William (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1977)

Using as philosophical background for technology and its relationship with humanity.

Ingold, Tim, Anthropology: Why It Matters (Medford, MA: Polity Press, 2018)

Reading this book to have a better understanding of anthropology.

Kramer, Seth, Miller, A. Daniel, and Newberger, Jeremy, The Anthropologist (Ironbound Films, 2016) <https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2462276/>

A documentary giving a great introduction to what it means to be an anthropologist.

LeBon, Gustave, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2002)

A study of crowds and how they are impacted by nationalist’s narratives.

 Lee, Kai-fu, AI Super-Powers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, First (New: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018)

An introductory book on AI and the relevance to what it means to be human.

Lemov, Rebecca, ‘“Big Data Is People!”’, AEON, 16 June 2016 <https://aeon.co/essays/why-big-data-is-actually-small-personal-and-very-human>

“The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires.”

Monaghan, John, and Just, Peter, Social & Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Reading to gain a better understanding of cultural anthropology.

Nietzsche, Friedrich, Human, All Too Human, trans. by Harvey, Alexander (Monee, IL: Another Leaf Press, 2012)

Philosophical research in what it means to be human.

Oppy, Graham and Dowe, David, “The Turing Test”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2019 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2019/entries/turing-test/>.

“The phrase “The Turing Test” is most properly used to refer to a proposal made by Turing (1950) as a way of dealing with the question whether machines can think. According to Turing, the question whether machines can think is itself “too meaningless” to deserve discussion (442). However, if we consider the more precise—and somehow related—question whether a digital computer can do well in a certain kind of game that Turing describes (“The Imitation Game”), then—at least in Turing’s eyes—we do have a question that admits of precise discussion.”

Phillips, Adam, and Taylor, Barbara, On Kindness (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009)

A look at kindness as a unique characteristic of what it means to be human.

Ricoeur, Paul, Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences, ed. & trans. by Thompson B. John (United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Philosophical text about hermeneutics and science. Will use to explore the relationship between interpretation and the sciences. In particular AI and technology.

 Ricoeur, Paul, The Conflict of Interpretations, ed. by Ihde, Don, Seventh (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1996)

An exploration of interpretation.

Robbins W. Jeffrey, Radical Theology: A Vision for Change (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2016)

Theological background on the radical theology developments after the death of god movement.

Roberts, David, ‘America Is Facing an Epistemic Crisis’, Vox Media, 2 November 2017 <https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/2/16588964/america-epistemic-crisis?fbclid=IwAR0TSSS9GsPOR6Fq-uFY7T9cZRDwyMzBeseoUS-8jwW1Dz9pRjYR5cE8Sv8>

“The US is experiencing a deep epistemic breach, a split not just in what we value or want, but in who we trust, how we come to know things, and what we believe we know — what we believe exists, is true, has happened and is happening. The primary source of this breach, to make a long story short, is the US conservative movement’s rejection of the mainstream institutions devoted to gathering and disseminating knowledge (journalism, science, the academy) — the ones society has appointed as referees in matters of factual dispute….Indeed, the far right rejects the very idea of neutral, binding arbiters; there is only Us and Them, only a zero-sum contest for resources. That

Schaetti, F. Barbara, Ramsey, J. Sheila, and Watanabe, C. Gordon, Making a World of Difference: Personal Leadership, A Methodology of Two Principles and Six Practices. (Seattle, WA: FlyingKite Publications, 2008)

Text on personal growth and awareness. Leadership and epistemology.

Steven W. Kleinknecht, Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, and Carrie B. Sanders, eds., The Craft of Qualitative Research: A Handbook(Toronto and Vancouver: Canadian Scholars, 2018)

Using as a guide to develop research skills and methodologies.

Sontag, Susan, On Photography (New York: Picador, 1977)

For research on photography and art criticism – will be using photography for visual ethnography.

Tippet, Krista, ‘Mary Catherine Bateson: Composing a Life’, On Being <https://onbeing.org/programs/mary-catherine-bateson-composing-a-life-aug2017/>

A Podcast giving insight into the life of an anthropologist.

West, M. Darrell, ‘What Is Artificial Intelligence’, Brookings Institute, 4 October 2018 <https://www.brookings.edu/research/what-is-artificial-intelligence/>

“In short, there have been extraordinary advances in recent years in the ability of AI systems to incorporate intentionality, intelligence, and adaptability in their algorithms. Rather than being mechanistic or deterministic in how the machines operate, AI software learns as it goes along and incorporates real-world experience in its decision making. In this way, it enhances human performance and augments people’s capabilities.”

Wright, NT, The New Testament and the People of God (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992)

A theological and historical work on the 1st. century C.E. and the development of the Christian communities.