Lecture 7 1/28/2013 10:26:00 AM
Anthropology seeks to open you to a new perspective that challenges
common taken for granted assumptions.
Questions to think about:
Is the scientist culture free?
Is the scientists beliefs free?
Answer to the student’s questions:
Anthropology is a science that studies culture.
As scientists that seeks for objectivity, we cannot deny that, as
anthropologists, we also have a culture, and that our culture has an
impact on our research (reflexivity).
Even an atheist scientist does have a specific worldview and beliefs:
The belief in science and objectivity.
Science is also based on a cosmovision and it also follows shared
We have different experiences of the world depending on how we
Does it mean that people that do not depict like us are wrong?
We believe that our way of depicting the world is the “true one”
because that is what we learn in our culture.
We are “enculturated” to think that way, in terms of true or false;
objective or subjective.
Its linked t o our western conventions.
Question to think about:
Does science have the answers for everything?
Science have the answer to the questions it wants to ask.
Many unexplainable phenomenon are dismissed by science as
We have to be careful not to treat science as the new leading
religion that holds the absolute truth.
An example: Shamanism We could dismiss shamanism as a “mystical belief,” since it does
not have ay scientific grounds, and teach instead our western
This would be assuming, based on western stereotypes, that
shamans do not cure people.
An example: Shamanism