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
Spring / Summer 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM on Alternate Wednesdays
Taught at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City
In “A Basic Statement” Eli Siegel places the importance of aesthetics for anthropology. Describing the fundamental problem for everyone―to take care of one’s very self and be fair to the outside world at the same time―he then explained: “If the basic problem of a person at any time, in any society, in any culture, is to be met well or happily, aesthetics will be employed by that person.” Aesthetics is the oneness of opposites in any situation: including freedom and order, collective and individual, many and one.
May 20 • Many and One, or, Why We Need Labor Unions
The evidence of anthropology shows why labor unions have been needed in every culture: many people acting as one to get justice for all.
June 3 • Unique and Universal: Income Disparity in Old Mongolia
June 17 • Land and Self in Polynesia, Beginning with Tikopia Island
July 1 • Freedom & Order, Social Evolution, & Now
July 18 • Saturday (not Wed., July 15) Masks and Your Basic Problem
July 29 • Life and Not-Life in Puppet Shows of Asia
Aug. 12 • The Aesthetic Opposites in Anthropology
Students speak about the aesthetics of anthropological facts.
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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
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