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Ke Chen
Laura Wills
Anth 1- Monday – 43261
10 March 2013
Assignment 1
1. The Nacirema are not “a group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles". They are North Americans living in a much simpler time. Miner mentions the holy-month-men, and refers to health and romantic concerns with the mouth. He writes at length about visits to the holy-mouth-men, arguing that their sadism curiously contrasts with the general masochism of the people. As additional examples of masochism, he refers to men rubbing their faces with sharp scrapers and women baking their heads in small ovens. He outlines glimpses of other aspects of American life. The "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema," by Horace Miner, is a piece that discusses the peculiar rituals within industrialized societies, specifically referring to The United States. 2. Charles Darwin was not the first person to consider that life on this planet evolved, but he was the first to come up with a viable working mechanism on how it happened. James Hutton and Charles Lyell described how changes in landforms can cause species to evolve rapidly. Carolus Linnaeus established the system of binomial nomenclature. He included humans in his classification of animals. It helps people to compare between humans and animals. Before Darwin his grandfather who is Erasmus Darwin. “He also a physician, a poet, and a leading member of important intellectual community in England.”(Pg.30) Charles Darwin read from his grandfather’s writing. 3. Court’s final ruling that intelligent design "cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents." In the textbook the “debate” had same problem as Nova film on Intelligent Design. It is about scientists and religious. At that time, people believe in creation and they had faith for God. They cannot accept something out of they believe. In Nova film scientists listed a lot of evidence to...
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