Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

Primitive Cultures are Simple, while Civilization is Complex: Part 2

In the first part of this discussion, I reminded you that we are talking about “falsehoods.” “Falsehood” is a term I and others have co-opted and have used for well over a decade in anthropology and biology courses across the land. The idea is to identify a statement that, when uttered in some particular demographic or sociocultural context, invokes a relatively consistent set of meanings in the minds of those present, such that those meanings are at least iffy, probably wrong, and often (but certainly not always) offensive and destructive in some way. Such a construct … this falsehood thingie … can then be de-constructed in a way that becomes an enlightening learning experience.
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Vanessa Woods and Greg Laden w/ Desiree Schell: Friday

My honored colleague Vanessa Woods, author of Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo (which I am currently reviewing …. stay tuned) will be on Skeptically Speaking this coming Friday, so don’t miss that.

Also, yours truly will be on (not live but recorded assuming certain technical difficulties will be worked out) doing something new and unexpected.

You won’t want to miss either. Details here. I’ll remind you again.