Michael is creating interstellar utopian space futures.
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I'm an anthropologist writing my PhD dissertation about exploration beyond our solar system and human futures, both out there and down here on Earth. I study science, interstellar space, SETI, imagination, futures, and science fiction.

All patrons get access to three exclusive kinds of posts:
  • An inside look at my research and publications
  • Insightful and justice-focused political analysis
  • Glimpses into moments from my daily life

Only interested in one of these topics? Just click that tag on the left-hand side under "Featured Tags" to see the patron-only posts for that topic. If you follow me on Twitter, here you'll find all the background behind what I post. Curious to know more? Can't access a source I referenced? Just ask here and I'll share everything I've got.

If you want to just say thanks for a tweet, some help I gave you, or something you read, you can make single contributions to back my work at any time using cash.me.

My research projects have always imagined a better world and worked to bring about that future. My topics and approach come out of my work as an activist for social justice. For my M.A. thesis I wrote an ethnography of Indonesian activism focusing on how the Occupy social movement travelled from the encampment in lower Manhattan to Indonesia both online and in physical space. Now, in my doctoral research I'm engaged with exploration beyond our solar system through space science, interstellar space, SETI, imagination, futures, and science fiction. A key part of this is to understand how space science and exploration imagine and work toward futures that are more just. As author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote:

“We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable.” ["The Wave in the Mind," 2004]

Why Anthropology? I took a circuitous route to anthropology, starting in biology because I wanted to understand marine mammal minds and societies. I then moved to philosophy to ask "what is a mind?" I went to religious studies for the stories we tell about our minds and societies. Then settled in anthropology because it lets me do all of them at once. I’ve always been fascinated by the stories we tell about where we come from, why we’re here, and where we’re going. To compliment the humanities work in religious studies I wanted a way to look at what people were actually doing on the ground in everyday life. So I added an anthropology degree, and in my first anthropology class I realized I’d been an anthropologist all along. It is the field of study that allows me to do interdisciplinary work as I try to answer the questions I’ve always had about humanity, the planet, and the universe.

I have a lot of opinions, often about politics, capitalism, histories, presents and futures. Perhaps you followed me on Twitter because of my posts about these issues, and if you like those you will find more depth on here. With more characters, and the ability to add more images and links and have troll-free conversations, we'll be able to come up with better ideas, critiques, and solutions.

Thank you for making my research, writing, and work on social media possible.
Rewards
Wanderer
$1 or more per month
• First access to all my articles, blog posts, and more, all available here for you as patron-only posts.


• Make a request from my deleted tweet archive. It contains over 30k of my past tweets.

Culture Agent
$5 or more per month
• First access to all my articles, blog posts, and more, all available here for you as patron-only posts.


• Make a request from my deleted tweet archive. It contains over 30k of my past tweets.


• A postcard mailed just for you from my postcard collection.

World Builder
$25 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll help you with your research every month. Send me a topic and I'll send you 10 references chosen especially for you, your interests, and your project. You choose the medium: film, books, articles, places, etc.

Special Circumstances
$100 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll list you in the funding section on my web site.


• I'll mail you a vintage book about space.


• You're from a post-scarcity future right, what more do you need? Let me know.

Drone
$500 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll speak with you on a video call once per month, and apply my research and problem solving skills to the topics of your choice.


Mind
$1,000 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll speak with you on a video call one more time per month, for a total of twice per month, and apply my research and problem solving skills to the topics of your choice.

I'm an anthropologist writing my PhD dissertation about exploration beyond our solar system and human futures, both out there and down here on Earth. I study science, interstellar space, SETI, imagination, futures, and science fiction.

All patrons get access to three exclusive kinds of posts:
  • An inside look at my research and publications
  • Insightful and justice-focused political analysis
  • Glimpses into moments from my daily life

Only interested in one of these topics? Just click that tag on the left-hand side under "Featured Tags" to see the patron-only posts for that topic. If you follow me on Twitter, here you'll find all the background behind what I post. Curious to know more? Can't access a source I referenced? Just ask here and I'll share everything I've got.

If you want to just say thanks for a tweet, some help I gave you, or something you read, you can make single contributions to back my work at any time using cash.me.

My research projects have always imagined a better world and worked to bring about that future. My topics and approach come out of my work as an activist for social justice. For my M.A. thesis I wrote an ethnography of Indonesian activism focusing on how the Occupy social movement travelled from the encampment in lower Manhattan to Indonesia both online and in physical space. Now, in my doctoral research I'm engaged with exploration beyond our solar system through space science, interstellar space, SETI, imagination, futures, and science fiction. A key part of this is to understand how space science and exploration imagine and work toward futures that are more just. As author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote:

“We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable.” ["The Wave in the Mind," 2004]

Why Anthropology? I took a circuitous route to anthropology, starting in biology because I wanted to understand marine mammal minds and societies. I then moved to philosophy to ask "what is a mind?" I went to religious studies for the stories we tell about our minds and societies. Then settled in anthropology because it lets me do all of them at once. I’ve always been fascinated by the stories we tell about where we come from, why we’re here, and where we’re going. To compliment the humanities work in religious studies I wanted a way to look at what people were actually doing on the ground in everyday life. So I added an anthropology degree, and in my first anthropology class I realized I’d been an anthropologist all along. It is the field of study that allows me to do interdisciplinary work as I try to answer the questions I’ve always had about humanity, the planet, and the universe.

I have a lot of opinions, often about politics, capitalism, histories, presents and futures. Perhaps you followed me on Twitter because of my posts about these issues, and if you like those you will find more depth on here. With more characters, and the ability to add more images and links and have troll-free conversations, we'll be able to come up with better ideas, critiques, and solutions.

Thank you for making my research, writing, and work on social media possible.

Recent posts by Michael

Rewards
Wanderer
$1 or more per month
• First access to all my articles, blog posts, and more, all available here for you as patron-only posts.


• Make a request from my deleted tweet archive. It contains over 30k of my past tweets.

Culture Agent
$5 or more per month
• First access to all my articles, blog posts, and more, all available here for you as patron-only posts.


• Make a request from my deleted tweet archive. It contains over 30k of my past tweets.


• A postcard mailed just for you from my postcard collection.

World Builder
$25 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll help you with your research every month. Send me a topic and I'll send you 10 references chosen especially for you, your interests, and your project. You choose the medium: film, books, articles, places, etc.

Special Circumstances
$100 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll list you in the funding section on my web site.


• I'll mail you a vintage book about space.


• You're from a post-scarcity future right, what more do you need? Let me know.

Drone
$500 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll speak with you on a video call once per month, and apply my research and problem solving skills to the topics of your choice.


Mind
$1,000 or more per month
All of the above and:


• I'll speak with you on a video call one more time per month, for a total of twice per month, and apply my research and problem solving skills to the topics of your choice.