Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anthropology Talk on NPR

An Anthro post! Kojo Nnamdi's show on NPR is usually pretty boring, but today he was interviewing an anthropologist who had a lot of interesting things to say.

Cultures on the Brink of Extinction with Wade Davis

"The great revelation of anthropology is that the world in which youre born is just one model of reality. And these other peoples aren't failed attempts at being you, they're unique answers to a fundamental question 'what does it mean to be human, alive?'"

"It's so important to emphasize that anthropology never calls for the elimination of judgment, it calls for the suspension of judgment so that the judgments we're obliged to make can be informed ones."

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