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. "All beauty is a making one of opposites," stated Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, "and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." When we study this principle and the rich way the cultures of the world show it's true, we respect people more and see ourselves in a thrilling relation of difference and sameness to everyone else!
This great philosophy gives to anthropology the depth, kindness, and scientific accuracy it has always hoped for. It can, and does, end racism. It makes for kindness in marriage, friendship, every human relation, including economics—a statement I make carefully, definitely, and with great hope. Read more
Fall / Winter 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM on Alternate Wednesdays
Taught at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City
Our basis is these principles of Aesthetic Realism by Eli Siegel:
1. "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."
2. “The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.”
September 23 Guilt, Anger, Pleasure—in Kitchen, Living Room, Rainforest
A study of Levi-Bruhl’s classic Primitive Mentality in which we ask
—Do you, I, and all who can read this have primitive mentality, along with sophistication?
October 7 The Prehistory of the Computer
October 21 The African Diaspora, A People: Many & One
October 31 SATURDAY Kongo: Majesty and Everydayness
The class of WEDNESDAY October 21 meets SATURDAY the 31 st to study the exhibit on Kongo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Marcia Rackow’s Visual Arts and the Opposites class at 11 AM.
November 18 Words Are Sophisticated and Primeval
Does the elemental structure of a word like “tїbba” (“mouth,” Northern Paiute) have the first forms of reality as its basis—in other words, the opposites that are in reality, oneself, and art?
December 2 Opposites Workshop in Anthropology
Selections from anthropological writing are discussed showing how true this principle of Aesthetic Realism is: “The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.”
December 16 Hamlet and the Inevitable Ethics of the Human Self
Studying Eli Siegel’s great Hamlet: Revisited we consider what is universal in selves of all cultures, giving, along the way, a critique of Laura Bohannan’s misunderstood essay “Shakespeare in the Bush.”
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