Anthropology, Psychology, Linguistics

Anthropology is the study of being human; Psychology is the study of being a human; Linguistics is the study of humans communicating. The Social Sciences are sciences because they use scientific methods; they do not, as some people seem to believe, become sciences only if they can reduce humans to emotionless, predictable ciphers.

These three topics have particularly absorbed me during my Autumn years; although, when I look back, they are continuing themes throughout my life. The creation of Dododecanese at school was an early attempt to understand language; the fascination with computers was generated by an interest in the mechanisms of cultural change; the wargames were an attempt to grasp - and control - the mechanisms of human cultural competition and interaction; the study of insects was an attempt to understand the more general mechanisms of social competition and interaction. Even the economics of my first degree was an attempt to impose some numerical order on the human world around me.

Now, as I finally begin to understand, these interests have coalesced into an academic hobby/career of teaching, conferences and publications. They will probably form a personal theme through the rest of my life.

Philip with a copy of John North’s book,

Stonehenge: Neolithic Man and the Cosmos

Avebury, November 2003

Poppies at the Tower of London,

Commemoration of World War I

November 2014