Dec
03

Month Five: Continued Reading

Throughout the semester I have been focusing on completing my bibliography. Due to the fact that my summer research required 24/7 ethnographic observation, and keeping up my fieldwork notes, I did not have much time to read books or articles on the subject over the summer. Thus, my first semester has involved rereading my field-notes…
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Nov
05

Why Should We Believe that Egoism is Self-Effacing?

Collective action dilemmas have always presented a problem for theories of rationality, but they seem to present a much greater problem for ethical egoism. The existence of collective action dilemmas shows that the actions which self-interest theories of rationality claim are justified lead to disastrous consequences when generalized, but the problem is worse for ethical…
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Oct
31

Honors Post 7: Data Munging

As within DNA a frame shift error can have large and often detrimental effects on a data table. I experienced this first hand at the beginning of the month when

Oct
31

October

As the year progresses I have been working on analyzing my data. This involves reading articles on my subject matter as well as writing ethnographic vignettes. The vignettes have been immensely helpful when I have been working through some of the concepts in my project. They allow me to recreate a scene from my research…
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Sep
26

Doing research on/in Williamsburg

One of my favorite parts of doing research about the history of Williamsburg is how you can actively see what you study in your everyday life. I love learning about the spaces around me and peeling back the layers of history. Not only does studying Williamsburg’s history enrich my experience living here, but it also…
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