Ever since the beginning of the last century, professional studies regarding on human nature and nurture as well as people’s psychology have been thoroughly investigated. Some of the results of these studies, especially studies of Freudian theories revealed the basic fundamental structure, in between Id, ego and super-ego, of human psychology. Not only scientists are interested in relationships between these three elements of human mind, but also people in other areas, such as Yann Martel who is a writer, have touched upon them. The correlation between Id, ego and super-ego is reflected in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi in terms of the very fact that Pi fails to struggle against with the natural survival instinct of human when his life is in danger, furthermore, such failure would provoke the evil nature that existed within people. The entire book of Life of Pi is divided into three parts.
Koume Ono Ritsumeikan University Introduction to Anthropology The most surprising thing to me about reading Mary Douglas anthropology book, Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, is that I was actually fascinated about everything she argues in the book, many things I had questioned about but did not know the answer or simple facts that make you realized how our society structure works. Which is why in these book review paper I will emphasize more in some chapters rather than the book itself in one big paragraph. Mary Douglas, analyses the ideas of pollutions and taboo in different cultures and also different timing (primitive cultures, modern cultures) focusing in the Gestalt psychology. However, one of the things I liked the most about her writing style is that she avoided limited explanations, explained everything in details and giving examples making it easier for the
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES Name: Hema Ramrattan ID#: 813001958 SOCI 1006: Introduction to Anthropology Course work # 1: Essay Topic: As an Anthropologist, what is the difference between subjectivity and objectivity? Please discuss. Lecturer: Dr Dylan Kerrigan In anthropology or other social sciences , the common terms that are involved in research are referred to as subjectivity and objectivity. It must be mentioned that the basis of subjectivity and objectivity have been questioned by many. The concept of subjectivity can be referred to as the personal opinions and feelings of how someone’s judgment is shaped instead of outside influences, whereas objectivity is related to the concept of ‘truth’, meaning that there is a lack of bias, judgement or prejudice involved in the process.
The cultural background of the anthropologist can often contrast with the culture he or she enters during fieldwork. These differences can cause cross-cultural miscommunication between anthropologists and the people they study. Anthropologists have a variety of different
The nature of “mind” has long been a very abstract concept to most, if not all of us. Therefore, the study of the issue is of great significance. Given that the mind is the most familiar yet mysterious concept for humankind as stated by Chalmers (1995), the resolution of the mind-body problem is fundamental to the development of breakthrough perspectives towards philosophical topics of ‘being’ and ‘life’, which may involve new fundamental laws, resulting in startling consequences of our views on the universe and ourselves. This essay intends to look into the debate over the controversial topic, whether “the human mind is something physical or nonphysical”. The theory of dualism and materialism will be presented and further analysed.
Anthropology is one of the many different scientific studies of human beings and their past and present. More specifically, it is “a social science that involves the study of human groups and their behavior”1 in the past and present gathering information from living and social situations among other resources. Anthropology is made up of two Greek terms: “anthropos” meaning man and “logos” meaning study or knowledge.2 Different from other disciplines, the study of anthropology comes with a broader scope of time and space, a holistic approach, and a skeptical and curious attitude.3 After interviewing other people outside of the Introduction to Anthropology course, one may find others know very little about anthropology. After being asked about what it is, answers along the lines of “the study of monkeys” or “the study of evolution” were given. The study of anthropology can be beneficial to anyone and everything from people who want to study anthropology to governments and businesses.
These questions fascinated many researchers and linguists like Noam Chomsky and others who devoted much of their time and career to explaining this phenomenon. Researchers have debated with each other for a long time over the answers to these questions, but there is one thing they could agree on: language acquisition is a complex process. Language acquisition is one of the dominant subjects of cognitive science. This essay will further discuss the cognitive perspective on language acquisition, focusing on grammatical and vocabulary
There is seemingly a distinction for people when it comes to the sciences and the humanities. At times this results in debates between the two. Humans categorize things by similarities, but by analyzing and by delving deeper, the lines between categories blur and break apart. Looking at both the sciences and humanities, and at a certain level of understanding, similarities and the need for one another become apparent. The sciences include subjects such as physics, chemistry, and biology.
In acquiring knowledge, natural sciences need to go through a thoroughly process- making hypothesis, setting up experiment, observation and analysis. Scientists that came from all over the world follow this process strictly as science demands its objectivity and reasoning in the pursuit of knowledge. In science, none of the theories are absolutely true, however the latest ones are the most acceptable natural explanation available. After a theory being approved, other scientists tend to evaluate and argue the validity of the theory. This situation is known as falsification.
If someone was to ask me what anthropology was, prior to this assignment, I would have probably taken an educated guess such as “the study of life”. In a sense that is correct but not entirely accurate. Anthropology is defined as, “The study of human kind in all times and places” (Haviland, Prins, McBride, & Walrath, 2017). After an extensive analyzation of my experiences, I concluded that I don’t practice anthropology in my life enough. In addition, I discovered that my life doesn’t have much diversity in it.