Re: culture as gene-flow regulator: the arunta

Lars Eighner (
17 Sep 1996 22:10:19 -0500

In our last episode <51nbac$>,
Broadcast on sci.anthropology
The lovely and talented (Robert Snower) wrote:

>Equally universal as an ancient item of culture is totemism.

I'm curious to know what you think "universal" means.

You have just cited circumcision, which is not universal, and
now you are speaking of totemism, which is not universal. So
I suppose it makes sense in some way to say that they are
equally universal, in that they are both not universal.
When you have finished discussion practices that are
"equally universal" are you going to discuss some that
are "more unique"?

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