ANTHROPOLOGY IS ABOUT YOU & EVERYONE
Taught by Arnold Perey, PhD
People, everywhere in the world, from the grasslands of Africa to the tents of Asia and North America, are understood through the principles of Aesthetic Realism: we are all trying to like the world aesthetically, as a oneness of opposites. All humanity is alike: kind and cruel, accurate and wild, powerful and delicate—trying to put together opposites in ourselves. Through Aesthetic Realism, anthropology is essential knowledge for us to know ourselves and do away with prejudice.
The Fall 2020 semester of classes via video conference is now in session. To audit a class, permission must be requested by telephone 2 days in advance of the date of the class. Contact Registrar at 212.777.5055, between 2-6 PM Eastern Time (USA), Monday through Friday. If you receive permission to audit, click here to pay the auditing fee.
Anthropology Is about You and Everyone
Dr. Arnold Perey
Fall Semester 2020
This semester we look at some of the most important and least understood subjects in anthropology. Anthropology is the science of humanity from prehistory to the present—-and in cultures everywhere. As we will see, the Aesthetic Realism method makes it clear how every person, whether in Bensonhurst, the Black Hills, or the African savannah, has an important, even beautiful, relation to oneself. And we can see that relation through this universal principle stated by Eli Siegel: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”
♦ Sep 16: The Transition from Animal to Human: Are the Same Forces at Work in Us Today?
♦ Sep 30: The Science of Archaeology & Digging Deep in the Self
Preserved beneath the ground are the results of early minds giving new shape to stone, bone, pottery, wood. Were these early relatives of people today trying to be fair to the world they met? And can we learn from them?
♦ Oct 14: Caste, Class, and Lies
What lies have people heard through history, granting “superiority” to a select few?–let’s say princesses, kings, landlords, brahmins, CEOs? Samples from India, England, Africa, the U.S., and more.
♦ Oct 28: Languages: How Did Humans Come to Speak?
How is the sound of a word related to the qualities of the object that word is used to designate? Is there evidence for this poetic principle in far different languages spoken by people at astonishing distances from one another on the globe?
♦ Nov 11: Mental Distress in the Tribal World; or, Self vs. World
Aesthetic Realism explains that contempt for reality is the cause of mental distress in its many forms. We will study how this is true in cultures beyond our own & in our own.
♦ Nov 25: An Anthropological Fiesta: Striking Samples of Cultures & Questions about Them
♦ Dec 9: Thanking a Power; or, No Matter How Different, What Do Religions Have in Common?
Three instances of how Aesthetic Realism shows people of different cultures are more alike than has been known:
 What Big Mistakes Do Even Smart Men Make? With a consideration of the African story “Maliane and the Water Snake” from Lesotho. About the Ethical Unconscious. The myth of the flood: discussing anthropology, the anthropologist, and a representative American woman, Daphne Baker.  “How Much Feeling—and What Kind—Should a Man Have?” Discussing my life, the life of Fusiwe, a head man of the Yanomami People, and men of the United States
Alternate Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time (USA)
Dates of this class: Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 25, Dec 9
Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)
To audit a class, permission must be requested by telephone 2 days in advance of the date of the class. Contact Registrar at 212.777.5055, between 2-6 PM Eastern Time (USA), Monday through Friday.
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