About

Greg is a teacher, writer, and anthropologist who has conducted field research in Brazil, the United States and the Pacific. He has advocated extensively for neuroanthropology — the integration of brain and cultural research to understand how humans induce variation in their own nervous system.

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Greg with Louis, chief farm management animal

Greg is the author of Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005). Greg is also the co-editor, with Daniel Lende, of The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012), and co-editor with Melissa Fisher of Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke, 2006).

As a teacher, Greg has helped to build Macquarie University’s strength in a range of areas, especially the teaching of human diversity, evolution, psychological variation, and human rights. In 2013, he was chosen for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, recognition for his teaching in the Department of Anthropology and his innovative online education (through Open2Study).

Greg’s also a proud dog lover and hobby farmer, living on the South Coast of New South Wales. From years living in Latin America, he’s also an avid salsa and tango dancer, and has taught both.

This website provides links to many projects and online publications, but it also provides teaching resources, unpublished works, and a host of other resources for those interested in anthropology.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Did you write an essay on Lévi-Strauss. I saw an article titled “for a greater understanding of the encultured brain and body” and I don’t find his author.
    Thanks for your answer
    Nadine

  2. Hi professor Greg.

    I just finished your “Becoming Human” course.

    First of all i want to thank you professor for being such a good teacher and for explaining things so easy to understand (even for me that i dont speak english very well) and in a very fun and relaxed way and i want to thank all the team at open2study.com and the creators of the internet for giving this knowledge and making this accesible to all the people with an access to a pc like me (greetings from Mexico)

    And well my opinion about human evolution in the future is this: i think that humans are in a certain way libing tools for nature to create specific conditions and tecnology to accelerate the evolutionary process to a degree never seen or experienced before by nature… Our genetic technology, quemistry, computing, will advance life to a stage so big and unlimmited in possibilities that we are on a point that we cant predict what will happen (almost like an evolutionary wormhole) in the next future.

    I think that humans and all life on earth will evolve more on 30 generations no, compared to 300 in the past. (or even way more if we count with genetic advance.)

    I think that there is no such thing as “anti natural” it cannot exist if we come from a natural source (logic)
    And i think all we humans are doing may appear to be a catastrophe or that we are “an evil, creation from satan” jajaja but in the opposite i think everything just fits perfectly in to a evolutionary game, and we have been “blessed” with the abillity and power to mold, direct and PARTICIPATE on the evolution of creation.

    I think nature and evolution kicks ass…

    P.s.
    By the way im also an amateur farmer trying to build my own house at a land i got (i study permaculture and “natural” building (i have a website: http://www.hombresdemaiz.com.mx) i have 12 dogs and i love to hang around with them… If there is anything i could do for you in return for your teachings ill be glad to help.

    Rodrigo.

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