Category: Anthropology

Challenges of the Anthropocene

This paper draws on early twentieth-century philosophical anthropology as well as cognitive science and evolutionary anthropology to examine how humans compensated for their biological under-determination by becoming second-natured, empathetic, cooperative, symbol-using creatures. Examining the capacities for cooperation that emerged in our evolutionary history may help clarify our thinking about contemporary problems that require collective decisions.

Michel de Certeau

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...

Early History of Civilization

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...

Gregory Bateson – Quotes

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...

Gregory Bateson

The following description of Bateson’s life and work is quoted from his obituary in the American Anthropologist, Volume 84, Number 2, June 1982: Gregory Bateson died on July 4, 1980,...