Author: khalilavi

  • Garden of Ideas

    On Saturday 9th July 3-5:30pm 12 guests were invited to the strawberry allotment in Bristol. With the following message: 📖 If you like book clubs but didn’t do the reading 🤣 Enjoy stand-up but haven’t written jokes 🥦 Love eating but what’s on menu doesn’t like you… Then you will love this! 🍓 A five […]

    Garden of Ideas
  • Recreational Hunting: Why? An ethnographic and historical case study

    Published in Revista Andaluza de Antropología. In this paper I answer the question of why people, particularly men, hunt recreationally. I combine ethnography and archival research to explore the personal motivations of contemporary recreational hunters in Northern Cyprus. I then go on to examine histories of recreational hunting by different colonisers of Cyprus. In both […]

    Recreational Hunting: Why? An ethnographic and historical case study
  • Species and Biodiversity are Concepts Unfit for Purpose.

    A species is often taken to be an objective thing in the world. It’s not. It’s a concept about the real world. In academic language we call this the difference between ontology and epistemology. Species is one way of categorising life. Not to be conflated with what’s out there. One can say species is a […]

    Species and Biodiversity are Concepts Unfit for Purpose.
  • Menu ‘Democracy’

    A good friend and citizen of Australia showed me the enormous size of his ballot over the weekend. In Australia they have proportional representation and the single transferable vote, which means a larger number of smaller parties are on the ballot. It’s kind of cool in comparison to the UK where I vote, but it […]

    Menu ‘Democracy’
  • How We Are Playing: Category Simulation and Imagination

    I wrote a recent post on how imagination is key to how we act in the world inspired by The Dawn of Everything book, despite its middling issues with using imperial time (an issue that is both big and small and to be addressed in the future and not necessary to read right now). Do […]

    How We Are Playing: Category Simulation and Imagination
  • Primordial Soup

    “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”  We all believe in stories. Stories shape how we understand reality. They guide our imagination as to what we see as realistic. What is viable. What is possible. Christopher Columbus was familiar with the story that the […]

    Primordial Soup
  • The Body Prophet

    As I lay in bed this morning reflecting on all the beautiful seedlings that I had moved from the nursery to the veg garden the day before, I was also feeling the dagger jabs every time I moved. The medical name for the condition is Ankylosing Spondylitis and its described as an autoimmune disorder. I […]

    The Body Prophet
  • And What About You? Quick Notes on Political Imagination

    “The events in Ottawa and at various points along the US-Canada border are setting the stage for a liberal, pro-police, pro-civility backlash that will hit us as well.” (Crimethinc 2022). As I was reading this report on the situation in Ottawa Canada, which reportedly involved a lot of honking (not ducks) and trucks (not truckers), […]

    And What About You? Quick Notes on Political Imagination
  • McScience

    “A tree is not a forest. On its own, a tree cannot establish a consistent local climate. It is at the mercy of wind and weather. But together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of water, and generates a great deal of humidity. And in […]

    McScience
  • Notes of Covid as approach end of 2021

    “The development of a safe, effective and cheap vaccine, however, is only a first step towards community-wide control. Epidemiological, economic and motivational issues are at least as important as technological ones.” Nature, 1985 Vaccine implementation defines the efficacy of vaccines role in influencing a pandemic. How, when, to whom, by whom, where, why, timescale are […]

  • Europeans and Omicron: The Children of Hercules

    Published in Gods & Radicals Press: This pandemic isn’t a random mutation of Nature. It’s a living product of imperial imagination In Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, I combed through 12,000 years of evidence on how people have related to ‘Nature’. Notably, a key shift toward a binary between people and ‘Nature’ was the ‘othering’ […]

    Europeans and Omicron: The Children of Hercules
  • The Thames Estuary: A Creative Commons?

    A Wednesday Nov. 3rd, 10th, 17th. A series of discussions exploring the public right to culture across Britain’s largest waterway.  The Thames Estuary serves many purposes. As the country’s major waterway and shipping channel, it was once the centre of the British Empire controlling a quarter of the world’s land via sea. It includes some […]

    The Thames Estuary: A Creative Commons?
  • Sewage Scenarios

    The #SewageScandal (in the UK) is both entirely predictable and entirely unavoidable given the status quo. It’s the inevitable conclusion of the current scenario we are moving toward. Let me explain: A couple of years ago I was hired to empirically create long-term scenarios for water management in Southeast England, paid for by Southern Water […]

  • Living with our (pre) histories

    Once upon a time, there were simple hunter gatherers who survived day-to-day. Then someone invented agriculture and humans became farmers. Farming allowed humans to become sedentary, store grains and accumulate a surplus. This enabled humans to urbanise, build cities and create states. Civilisation was born. Rulers were also born to protect this social evolution of […]

    Living with our (pre) histories
  • To be or not to be a man

    When Shakespeare’s Hamlet asks to be or not be it is as part of a drama about the entanglement between politics and personal lived experience. When we use a categorising word, usually a noun, we imply we know something about what we are speaking of. For example if I were talking about my brother I […]

    To be or not to be a man