Feb 9, 2021 • 1HR 7M

#45: Tanya Luhrmann on Writing about Culture, Belief, and Life

 
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Cody Kommers
Welcome to the Meaning Lab podcast. In each episode, I talk to a scientist, author, or artist about their approach to meaning-making — from language, to productivity, to writing, to travel. It's all fair game, as long as it gets us closer to understanding how we make sense of the world and our place in it.
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This is Cognitive Revolution, my show about the personal side of the intellectual journey. Each week, I interview an eminent scientist, writer, or academic about the experiences that shaped their ideas. The show is available wherever you listen to podcasts.


Tanya Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. Much of her work has taken an anthropological perspective on psychological topics. For example, her most recent book: How God Becomes Real. It takes an ethnographic approach to understanding how individuals and cultures maintain belief in divine powers. Another of her book that's of special interest to me is Of Two Minds, an award-winning ethnographical perspective on American psychiatry. And it's not just her work that's compelling, so is she. She's essentially my new platonic ideal of an anthropology professor. I really enjoyed this conversation, and I hope you do too.

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