A wink, a blink, and time

Cultural anthropologist Clifford Geertz passed on October 30th, following complications from heart surgery.

A preeminent scholar of traditional religious, economic and political life, Dr. Geertz was perhaps most well-known outside his discipline for the concept of "thick description," an alternative to acontextual behavioralist approaches.

In a nutshell: telling a wink from a blink requires an understanding of context.

Apology: I had hoped to post on this last week, but was unable due to a conflict between Firefox 2.0 and BlogThis.

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