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The Human Experience.
As long as I keep myself intellectually and culturally challenged, I meet many people from varied backgrounds in life, and I appreciate this wonderful opportunity of being alive, I will be OK.
Hi everyone, my name is Samuel, I'm a cultural anthropologist. I also make documentaries, I made my first one in June 2018. I'm interested in the anthropology of religion and spirituality, as I have had many spiritual experiences and I am curious as to how they are framed and understood in different cultures. Since 2013 I have been focusing on Islam, and on Muslim cultures and societies.
I also like political anthropology, how different cultures have different understandings of authority, collective action, the public, the state, and others. I'm curious to speak to everyone and through that exercise reach closer, make bonds, and understand and appreciate this rare opportunity that it means to be alive.
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela in a Jewish family. I lived there until I was 15 and then moved to the USA for studies. This adventure called life has not stopped since.
Cultural exchanges, meaningful experiences, and lasting friendships are what I am after.
having a good time, enjoying life, meeting people, trying new things, making a difference in the lives of those around me.
Humor and laughing. Music: appreciating it and its powerful connection to society, and one day making it. Wondering about everything I see. Coming up with explanations for everything. The human mind and psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, sociology, anthropology etc. Scholar pursuit and academic research. traveling and experiencing new things, Couchsurfing and HelpX.net. The outdoors and ergo preserving it. Extreme sports. Veganism, permaculture, open-source ecology. Being conscious of who I am and what my role is, what my objectives are and what I need to do to achieve them. Connecting with humans at deep levels. Humanism. My friends and my family and my friends who are my other family. rationalism and scientific thinking, Public policies: cooperation and integration, Synergy. Evolving paradigms. social entrepreneurship. International Development, Non-profit work. Dancing, painting and every art and other romantic appreciations of life. Expanding my perspective, and entheogens. Helping others: go from antipathy to sympathy to empathy. Making the most out of every day. The wonderful world we live in. the internet and information policy, Wikipedia. Sports, specially basketball and college football. Having a good time, and you.
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- extreme sports
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: postcolonial and non-european literature, specifically fiction. Historical fiction. futuristic dystopias.
Music: trip hop and downtempo, world music, fusion, ambience, electrónica, hindustani classical, smooth jazz.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I walked along the edge of the Cliff of Moher in ireland, witnesses the dawn prayers near the Jama Masjid in old Delhi, walked along Plivice lakes during summer, swam with dolphins, seen WWII concentration camps in Poland, (almost) climbed a volcano, ran a 10k race (got 4th place), chilled in the remote sands of Los Roques island, sky-dived, scuba dived, canyoned, biked at high speeds down the highest motorable road in the world, rode an off-road atv throughout the island of Santorini, seen the amazing metropoli of the world ( NYC, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Mumbai, Isfahan) Saw the midnight sun in Sweden, witness the religious sublime represented in the complex geometric patterns of Mosques in Iran, swam with turtles in Sri Lanka. I have a few mentors and many mentees.
but most importantly, I've done it all with the people I care about, my family, and my friends, and I've shared with them.
Teach, Learn, Share
Anthropology (especially about Islam)
Philosophy (philosophy of science, contemporary French philosophy, non-European philosophy)
Cooking (Indian, Turkish, Persian)
Films and Film-theory, history of cinema
What I Can Share with Hosts
Inter-cultural communication, perspectives about culture, politics, philosophy. A great homecooked meal.
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, Aruba, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Poland, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela