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Actual-Virtual Harbin Hot Springs' ethnographic project:

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Scott MacLeod's
Research, Writings & Arts


Academe SF Bay Bagpiping Harbin Book
Love & links

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Scott MacLeod's Research Group

World University and School,
  Actual / virtual Harbin ethnography

New Book (2019) ~

To the Dance or the Pools:                  

How different it is to soak at Harbin Hot Springs, than to realize it in virtual Reality


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New Book (2018) ~

Winding Road Rainbow:                  

Harbin, Wandering & the

Poetry of Loving Bliss

ISBN-10: 0578435187
ISBN-13: 978-0578435183

Poetry Press at World University and School

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Recent Books ~

Haiku~ish and Other Loving Hippy Poetry (2017)

Naked Harbin Ethnography:                 
Hippies, Warm Pools, Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality & Virtual Harbin (2016)

by Scott MacLeod
Foreword by
Nelson H.H. Graburn
UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Sociocultural Anthropology
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Academic Press at World University and School

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Scott G.K. MacLeod is an American academic and Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at World University and School. He is currently also the publisher at the Academic Press at World University and School. MacLeod was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He received a Master's Degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Diploma of Research from the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the information technology network society age, the world wide web cosmos, and actual-virtual Harbin Hot Springs. He is World University and School's founder, president, CEO and presiding clerk (in the manner of Friends/Quakers). Wiki World University and School is best STEM CC-4 OCW-centric (in 4 languages) and CC Yale OYC-centric and seeks to develop major universities in all ~200 countries' main and official languages, as well as wiki schools in all 7,117 kn0wn living languages; WUaS plans to offer online CC-4 OCW Bachelor, Ph.D., law, M.D. as well as I.B. high school degrees, partly in group video, and in ~200 countries' official languages. He is the author of Naked Harbin Ethnography: Hippies, Warm Pools, Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality and Virtual Harbin (San Francisco and Berkeley: Academic Press at World University and School 2016), Haiku~ish and Other Loving Hippy Harbin Poetry (Stanford, CA: Poetry Press at World University and School 2017), Winding Road Rainbow:                 
Harbin, Wandering & the Poetry of Loving Bliss
(Stanford, CA: Poetry Press at World University and School 2018), and To the Dance or the Pools: How different it is to soak at Harbin Hot Springs, than to realize it in virtual Reality (Stanford, CA: Poetry Press at World University and School 2019).

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Scott MacLeod's Research:

World University and School

Free, best STEM-centric C.C. OCW university degrees planned ~
in ALL ~200 countries' main and offical languages!


~ I'm currently envisioning and developing  World University and School (, planned in all 7,111 known living languages - - each a wiki school for open teaching and learning. And see, too, for example - - (and where you can wiki-begin or develop a "Subject" in any language) - a global, wiki, virtual, free, open university & school (with Creative Commons' licensing so C.C., free, Bachelor, Ph.D., Law & M.D. degrees planned, as well as an all-instrument in all languages' Music School), and much more, potentially in all 3,000-8,000 languages and 200-ish countries. As a wiki (editable, web pages) meta-directory, WUaS also focuses on online, open course ware at great universities (e.g. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, other 'Ivy League' Schools, Oxford, T.U.M., Sorbonne, L.M.U., Juilliard, Cambridge, Cal Tech, etc.). WUaS is like CC Wikipedia with best STEM-centric (e.g. best STEM CC-4 OpenCourseWare in 5 languages and CC Yale OYC). Teach with your webcam, or interactively in a Google + Hangout group video chat, or in a virtual world like Google Streetview with time slider/Maps/Earth, Open Simulator or Second Life, learn, or 'edit this page,' and create, at World University & School. Here's World University & School's blog:



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Big Book:

'Naked Harbin Ethnography'


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Planned for all 3,000-8,000 languages (Wikipedia is in ~300 languages, by way of comparison, again), and with an universal translator (building on Google Translate +), World University & School is for the emerging world (e.g. One Laptop per Child countries), and everyone, - again, with free Bachelor, Ph.D., Law and M.D. degrees planned, and as wiki.

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Further research and teaching notes:

~ He's written an ethnography of Harbin Hot Springs, with a virtual world aspect, with 3 1/2 draft chapters here - - click on 'Harbin Book Section,' or other Harbin labels.

~ My research focuses on ethnography, the virtual, and information technologies, that is on 'socioculture' vis--vis the web, with a particular focus on counterculture ( - I blog daily), as well as on UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The detailed, explanatory potential of anthropology and sociology in relation to the study of the social life of information technology, and to ethnography vis--vis the internet, as well as to studies, provides a fascinating intersection of approaches / disciplines / methodologies, and is my starting place. I'm interested, in addition, in questions of anthropology vis--vis science. And I'm interested in anthropological, linguistic and philosophical questions about discourse, modernities, representation and language.

~ I've taught "Society and Information Technology" - - on Berkman (Island) in Second Life (not on Harvard University's faculty) - - (using SL requires at least one gigabyte of RAM), for about 7 semesters. In the autumn of 2008, I taught "Society and Information Technology" on Penn State Isle II in Second Life, as a Penn State University instructor. I've also taught this course on-the-ground at Chatham University as well as Penn State university. I teach courses in anthropology and sociology, both in real life and in 3-D virtual worlds like Open Simulator and Second Life, which are 'placeless,' yet facilitate avatar-mediated conversation.

~ At the University of Edinburgh (D.R.), where I studied from 2003 - 2004, I conducted a virtual ethnographic study of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Kilda, the island archipelago 40 miles west of the outer Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland, which was inhabited for more than 2,000 years until 1930. In the 2000-2003 school years, I studied, at the graduate level, at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A.), and I did graduate studies, again, at U.C. Berkeley in 2008-2009.

~ I also explore questions of how we can elicit the neurophysiology of loving bliss, naturally.


Loving Bliss Letters

Friends' Dalton Letter

Loving Bliss and Practices to Elicit This

Loving Bliss as Friends

Eudaimonia is Flow and Bliss

Guidelines for Practicing Loving Bliss vis--vis Practicing a Musical Instrument

Loving Bliss (eliciting this neurophysiology)

at wiki World University & School


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~ In addition, I'm interested in the concept of low-carbon, energy autonomy, and here is a page for this:

~ In the autumns of 1999 & 2005, I traveled on Semester at Sea, and here are some impressions from those voyages: Semester at Sea.

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~ Taught the open, free, online course in G-Hangout on the Information Age on Tuesdays in the autumn of 2017 at 9am Pacific Time
~ Society, Information Technology & the Global University ~ ~ which will be good for English-learning as well! This course asks: What is information technology, broadly conceived? How did it develop? ~ ~ and will teach this again soon.

~ I enjoy writing poetry, and here are some haiku-ish. Click on the 'poetry' label on my blog {} to read or share more poetry.

~ Scott

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Scott MacLeod has a Bachelor's Degree of Arts (BA 1985) in the social science of Religion (and German) from Reed College, and a Master of Arts (MA 2003) in sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Diploma of Research (DR 2004) in Scottish Ethnology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He also has a teaching certificate from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (1991), and enjoys the freedom-orientation of Angela & Victor's yoga.



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