I am quoting some excerpts from this classic in anthropology. The source is “Structural Anthropology,” 1958. Published by Allen Lane, The Penguin Press. 1968. Chapter II: Structural Analysis in Linguistics and in Anthropology. LINGUISTICS OCCUPIES a special place among the social sciences, to whose ranks it unquestionably belongs. It is not merely a social science […]

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Michel de Certeau’s original version of his book “The Practice of Everyday Life” (1984) has a “for-forword” that dedicates it to the “ordinary man.” This ordinary man is the remnant of humanity in an age that moves from the name to the number, from titles to bar codes. We can fill in the blanks: refugees, […]

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The following comments are based on David Graeber’s book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” 2011. His basic assumption is that economies did not evolve from barter systems; from the beginnings of civilization there were always elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods. Economies started with debt, and we still operate in an environment configured […]

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Michel de Certeau (1925-1986) was a Jesuit, an anthropologist, and he was involved with Lacan’s psychoanalytic movement. He writes about mysticism, the practice of everyday life, and the forces that unify people into groups, and that also separate them. What are the models of action for people who are dominated in various ways, for instance […]

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I wanted to know more about the human prehistory; where we come from and what we really know about our own origins.The timeline below gives you a rough overview; it is a fascinating story. One way to sequence human prehistory is by the type of tools that were in use. Early on, researchers came up […]

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The following excerpt for Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson is one of the best articles about alcoholism I have found so far. It is also an example for Bateson’s style of thinking. He outlines some of his basic assumptions. Quoted From: Gregory Bateson: ‘Steps to an Ecology of Mind’ ‘Part III: Form and Pathology […]

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What is the pattern that connects all living creatures? (Bateson, Mind and Nature, 1979, p.8) ‘But the bits and pieces of mind which appear before consciousness invariably give a false picture of mind as a whole. The systemic character of mind is never there depicted, because the sampling is governed by purpose. We never see […]

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