Re: Anthro's most important contribution to society

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Sun, 9 Apr 1995 12:43:45 -0400

Anthropology's most important contribution to society for me is the
revelation that other cultures do things differently, think differently,
have different values from one's own, and that therefore there are many
ways of behaving and thinking, not just those of one's own culture; also,
particularly from physical anthropology and archaeology that change is
the essence; that humans have evolved and are still evolving; by changing to
adapt to different environments and to changing environments; and in
linguistic terms, that language, the supreme method of human
communication, registers social changes, and social changes affect
language, the feedback relationship being predominant in all these
changes. Ruby Rohrlich

On Sat, 8 Apr 1995, Jack Kelso wrote:

> If you were pressed to identify the one most important contribution which
> anthropology has made to improving the well being of humankind what would
> it be?
> I assume that the majority of readers of this list are anthropologists, but
> I am interested in responses from non-anthropologists too.
> Jack