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The anthropologist speaks

From a theoretical point of view the situation remains very much the same as it was fifty years ago, namely, chaotic.

–Claude Lévi-Strauss, in Structural Anthropology (1967)


The freedom to lose.

The paradox is irresoluble: the less one culture communicates with another, the less likely they are to be corrupted, one by the other; but on the other hand, the less likely it is, in such conditions, that the respective emissaries of these cultures will be able to seize the richness and significance of their diversity. 

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On Seeing and Naming Color: Blue Alienation

“Like it or not, we are slaves of the hour and its colors and forms, subjects of the sky and of the earth. Even the part of us that burrows deepest into itself, disdaining its surroundings, does not burrow along the same paths when it rains as when the sky is clear.”—Fernando Pessoa, …

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Rethinking Old Ideas

What else, indeed, have I learned from the masters who taught me, the philosophers I have read, the societies I have visited and even from that science which is the pride of the West, apart from a few scraps of wisdom which, when laid end to end, coincide with the meditation of the Sage at the foot of the tree?

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20th Century

"There were many ways to kill a man..."

Note: This post is the tenth installment in my author’s commentary for Eternal Empire, covering Chapter 11. You can read the previous installments here… 869 more words


Just Don't Ask Me That!

This will be short as I’ve already said everything about it prior. The questions I hate being asked the most are:

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