Re: Broadening the Problem

Douglas B Hanson (dhanson@WORLD.STD.COM)
Tue, 14 Jun 1994 12:27:30 -0400

> So what anthropological facts do people think are so important they
> should be known by everyone? Taught in school? (And no, you can't
> get away with "American Culture is superior to all others" should
> be taught in schools :-). My first pick would be that there are
> no such thing as "races" (that 90+% of human genetic variation is
> intra-communal rather than inter-communal).

This reminds me of current raft of publications on the topic of what you
should know to be "culturally literate". After having glanced through a few
of these, I usually find myself residing on the low end of the literacy
scale somewhere. I suppose that another such book dealing with the the
field of anthropology will tell me how ignorant of the field I really am -
yeah I guess I could use that knowledge. So, once I have found out that I
am are anthropologically illiterate as well as culturally illiterate, what
do I do? ;-)

Douglas B. Hanson, Ph.D.
Bioengineering Department
Forsyth Dental Center
140 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115