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an·thro·pol·o·gy (ān’thrÉ™-pŏl’É™-jÄ“)
n. 1. The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.

Anthropology is the study where we’ve been, how we got there, and how all of that got us here. We tend to apply the economies of scale to this science, looking at cultures and nations, but I think we may be better off applying the science to our lives.

When I think about my own development, I think about songs, meals, talks, videos, and moments. I think about the first time that I read The Fountainhead or saw Fight Club. I think about the first time I went to Mortons with two of my best friends after a long, difficult period during my life. I remember the first time that I had a really good wine.

I remember the nice man in Paris who gave me directions. I remember the little boy in Barcelona who tried to pick my pocket. I remember that unexpected smile.

And all of it is good.

One Comment

  1. mark wrote:

    the classic morton’s trip…that was a definitive moment…i wish i had a steak right now…i have been entirely vegetarian for over a week now…i wish i had a couple good friends to have dinner with….not only vegetarian i have eaten all my meals solo this week…random question, have you read much Murakami?

    Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 5:03 am | Permalink

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