I’m Adam Johnson, a biocultural anthropologist, interested in anthropology and philosophy of science, the dialectical relationship between primates and their social and environmental contexts, the history of science (particularly human sciences), human evolution, the biocultural construction of race, and the social construction of disability (how disability is ascribed meaning and value in a cultural context).
I’m a lecturer at UNC-Charlotte. I’ve done research in primate behavioral ecology (juvenile time budgeting, play behavior, and allocare in chimpanzees; female social relationships in rhesus macaques), the history and biocultural construction of race in science, and social integration within a Drag community.
The goal of this website is to provide space for me to apply anthropological thinking across the news, pop-culture, science, pop-science, film, music, video games, and anything else that catches my fancy.
Anthropological thinking goes well beyond the scholarly realm and is an essential skill for everyday life. Thinking holistically, non-reductively, and culturally relative allows for a nuanced perspective of the world and, I believe, can lead to better science and a better world.
I abhor biologically (and culturally) reductive arguments concerning human nature, Darwinian Fundamentalism, and the misappropriation of science to maintain hegemonic idealogy.
Favorite scholars: Ashley Montagu, Stephen J. Gould, Richard Lewontin, Steven Rose, GG Simpson, Jon Marks.