Rainbow in the Valley:
Papua New Guinea
ANTHROPOLOGY IS ABOUT YOU & EVERYONE
Anthropology Class taught by Dr. Arnold Perey.
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Anthropology is about you, whether you live in a NY apartment or a mountain home in Papua New Guinea. The founder of Aesthetic Realism, Eli Siegel, stated this principle--true for art and for people across the world: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." Study of this principle and its rich exemplification in the cultures of the world gives to anthropology the depth, kindness, and scientific accuracy that the human sciences need and are hoping for.
In this class we study diverse cultures and people, and their relation to ourselves--with aesthetics as the basis. As I have found, the principles of Aesthetic Realism enables the scientist to give full reality to the feelings of people from every culture and background, including one's. This knowledge can, and does, end racism and vastly increases kindness--a statement I make carefully, definitely, and with great hope. Read more
Winter / Spring 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM on Alternate Wednesdays
Taught at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City
How do we see the world? How do people around the world see this world we are in? Do people want to change for the better how they see? What have been the consequences over time, and today, of seeing that’s not accurate, does not have good will?
Eli Siegel is the man of thought who showed the way one sees the world is crucial to how we see everything in our lives. The data of anthropology meets what’s deepest in the mind of everyone—and demonstrates how true this is. Using samples from world anthropology we will look at this carefully.
Jan 21 Two Ways of Seeing the World in Ruth Benedict’s Chrysanthemum and the Sword, a Study of Japanese Culture
Feb 4 “Evolution and Ethics” by T.H. Huxley--Fresh in 1893 & Fresh Today
Feb 21 SATURDAY: Seeing One and Many in Hinduism & the Art of India
(Not Wednesday Feb 18) -- At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11 AM,
with “The Visual Arts and the Opposites” class taught by Marcia Rackow
Mar 4 Looking at the World on a Pacific Island: Restraint & Abandon
Mar 18 How Do We Really Want to See People? Stories from the Middle East
Apr 1 Students Speak:"An Anthropological Fact I See as Having Meaning"
Apr 15 Truth and Imagination; or, the Tribe, the Anthropologist, the Novelist. Looking at Lily King & Margaret Mead
The opposites of Many and One: -- Individuals Join for One Purpose or Goal
Gwe, Young Man of New Guinea -- a Novel Against Racism:
From the Novel: Her second was born an hour before dawn, when it was cold, in the Rainy Season. According to custom, the child was nameless for 27 days and was secluded with her in a birth house built in a quiet tree-covered place by her brother and herself.
Those 27 days she held the small being in her arms, taking turns with her sister who was secluded with her. Thus the most vulnerable days for the infant were taken care of, keeping the baby steadily warm in mountain weather, cold even indoors.
Bettiana looked at his soft skin, the color of sunny earth. She felt his fingers grasp at her, and while he sucked milk from her breast she felt, blissfully, "The world is so kind." Then, in the dark, her mind seemed to turn upside down, and she remembered how insultingly her husband had ignored her opinion in the garden. Again, he said the potatoes she was ready to harvest weren’t big enough yet! She cradled the infant closer and thought, "But my baby loves me." The babe seemed to reply by paddling its little arms in the air and gurgling. Read more from chapter 1
Anthropological Journal Entries