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Unformatted text preview: APY 105 R. K. Dentan BLDG: Fillmore 170 DAY: T Th BEGIN:12:30 END: 1:50 OFFICE: 177 Spaulding 4 Dentan's Office Hours: T 11:30-12:30, 177 Spaulding 4, 1:50- (depends on attendance) Coffee Shop down the hall from 170 Th 11:30-12:30, 177 Spaulding 4 1:50- (depends on attendance) Coffee Shop Th 17:15-18:45 Dr Birds Caribbean RastaRant (3104 Main Street, 837-6426) and by appointment. We'll announce TA office hours in class. We make every effort to be accessible, but it's pointless if you don't make use of our availability. While we may have scheduling problems outside office hours, we don't have a lot of things to do that we think more important than talking to you. &quot;The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstition or taboo&quot;. H. L. Mencken, right wing columnist of the 1920s. Summary This class introduces anthropology, a holistic understanding of the human condition from biological, psychological and social perspectives. What are the limits of human freedom and societal variability as set by the history of the species? What can we get away with? Whats bound to get us in trouble? Those limits are biological and cultural. One of the major issues throughout the class is that adults have a &quot;culture&quot; which gives them answers to ordinary problems, so that they don't have to think (e.g., about how a car works) but believe that they know what's going on in their lives, rather than knowing that they only believe. To answer these questions, we need to know a lot and to rethink a lot of what we think we know. At some times the learning may seem irrelevant to our daily lives, but it isnt. We need to know what adaptations to what ecological conditions made us successful as a species. We need to know that evolutionary success is not the same as military victory or making a fortune in stock market but just a matter of differential reproduction = having more (fertile) offspring than ones competitors. And we need to recognize that that kind of success can threaten our survival. To understand who we are as animals, we need to look at our primate cousins, that is, to begin studying primatology, a branch of physical anthropology. That's what we'll spend the first five weeks talking about. To understand what we are as a culture, we need to look at people in other cultures. That'll be the second five weeks. Only then, armed with this knowledge and a look at the past second five weeks....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course APY 105 taught by Professor Dentan during the Spring '07 term at SUNY Buffalo.
- Spring '07