How does a scientific discipline, anthropology, just study and accept other cultures as equals?
Shouldn’t we also try to educate other culture with our views of the world, especially those that
lack advanced technology or revolve their lives around mystical beliefs?
o No, unless they want to be taught
o Ethnocentric question
Telling them that ours is the best way of living life they are basically saying
that their way of living is wrong
If left on their own, won’t these cultures suffer a very slow rate of advancement?
As much as we want to respect their way of life, I can’t help but think that cultures that don’t
accept a scientific mindset are suffering from a lack of advancement
Anthropology: seeks to open you to a new perspective that challenges commonly taken for granted
Questions to think about:
Is the scientist culture free?
Is the scientists beliefs free?
o Both are no because they come from their own culture and have their own beliefs
they have their own vision of making sense of the world.
Anthropology is a science that studies culture
o As scientists that seeks for objectivity, we cannot deny that, as anthropologists, we also
have a culture, and that your culture has an impact on our research (reflexivity) being
aware that you have a culture and how you act according to it
o Even an atheist scientists does have a specific worldview and beliefs
o The belief in science and objectivity
o Science is also based on cosmovision and also follows shared conventions
Culture = human creation
Nature = also a human construction the way we see the world (everyone has
a different perception of ‘nature’
o We have different experiences of the world depending on how we depict it
o We believe that our way of depicting the world is the ‘true one’ because that is what we
learn in our culture
o We are ‘enculturated’ to think that way, in terms of true or false; objective or subjective
o It is linked to our western conventions
Does science have the answers for everything