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Anthropology is a very broad science. Besides it is known as the scientific study of the origin and behavior of man, including the development of societies and cultures, it also covers other few but complex issues such as human evolution and archaeology. Anthropology, being divided essentially into physical and cultural anthropology, not only studies the physical aspects and matters of the human but also their mental and psychological features. It comes to be like a link or relationship of these two aspects in order to thoroughly study the human being as an experimental object. Concerning the two major subdivisions of anthropology, I was very engaged especially by the cultural anthropology. I did know very well about several taboos around the world like the prohibition of eating cow meat for Hindus or the one of eating pork for several cultures. What I never knew was the reasons of these prohibitions. I never imagined that some people treated pigs or cows as members of their own respective families or that these animals symbolize for some people everything in the world that is alive. Harris says that pig love is "honoring your dead father by clubbing a beloved sow to death on his grave site and roasting it in an earth oven dug on the spot." (Harris 1989, 46) The fact that Muslims and some other religions didn't eat pig meat because these animals tend to be dirtier at high temperatures confirmed me what I have been always suspecting. People just don't like sometimes to eat pig meat because it is probably the dirtiest comestible animal in the earth. From this, I learned that cultures are unique are unsual in some ways for the eyes of every single person, and that these differences among different cultures and societies is what really matter in the world. Human evolution seems to have a very large history. Since a very young age, I have always related the term "human evolution" with age changing. Something that I really found interesting while reading Wade is how the human physical characteristics such as the human brain were changing throughout the time, beginning with the habilis. There were considerable changes in how the trunk has been mutating and also, how the human activity differs from each time to other especially due to these characteristics. Another thing that caught my attention was concerning the lactose intolerance in adults. "The highest percentage of people with lactose tolerance occurred among populations in a region that substantially overlapped the ancient territory of the Funnel Beaker culture" (Wade, 2006, 137). By this phrase I can say that the fact that some people are currently intolerant to lactose is simply human evolution and not a light metabolism defection. We can see how broad and complex can be the term human evolution from now, and we can also explain not only the changes of human in physical aspects but also culturally and psychologically. Archaeology is well-known as the systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery. It is very important not only historically but also because it keeps culture alive. People will forget things in life and if there are things to remind people, then you just might keep that culture alive. Also, archaeology is important because it shows people what belongs to whom and what happened and what is left behind. What I learn in class has a technical and scientific foundation, based on experiences expressed in scientific books, which have been tested with scientific rigor and especially, by the time. What I see on TV and in theaters may have grounds reliable, but tend to express large percentage of positions or views that they both produce or even create, without necessarily having a solid base in terms of reason or scientific study. I personally enjoyed very much the concepts and definitions of the broad science of anthropology. After taking this course, I have realized anthropology is a very complex and interesting science not just because it tries to explain the past and bring that knowledge to the present but also because it tries to use the present in order to bring more knowledge to the future. I feel I have something of an anthropologist, I like to work and analyze a lot people that surround me: my family, my friends and even acquaintances. It feels pretty good that you can explain how a person is and how his or her respective customs and culture is by just analyzing some aspects from its society. This is what I most like from this course.
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Concepts And Definitions Of Anthropology

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              Anthropology is a very broad science. Besides it is known as the scientific study of the origin and behavior of man, including the development of societies and cultures, it also covers other few but complex issues such as human evolution and archaeology. Anthropology, being divided essentially into physical and cultural anthropology, not only studies the physical aspects and matters of the human but also their mental and psychological features. It comes to be like a link or relationship of these two aspects in order to thoroughly study the human being as an experimental object.
             
              Concerning the two major subdivisions of anthropology, I was very engaged especially by the cultural anthropology. I did know very well about several taboos around the world like the prohibition of eating cow meat for Hindus or the one of eating pork for several cultures. What I never knew was the reasons of these prohibitions. I never imagined that some people treated pigs or cows as members of their own respective families or that these animals symbolize for some people everything in the world that is alive. Harris says that pig love is "honoring your dead father by clubbing a beloved sow to death on his grave site and roasting it in an earth oven dug on the spot. " (Harris 1989, 46) The fact that Muslims and some other religions didn't eat pig meat because these animals tend to be dirtier at high temperatures confirmed me what I have been always suspecting. People just don't like sometimes to eat pig meat because it is probably the dirtiest comestible animal in the earth. From this, I learned that cultures are unique are unsual in some ways for the eyes of every single person, and that these differences among different cultures and societies is what really matter in the world.
             
              Human evolution seems to have a very large history. Since a very young age, I have always related the term "human evolution" with age changing. Something that I really found interesting while reading Wade is how the human physical characteristics such as the human brain were changing throughout the time, beginning with the habilis. There were considerable changes in how the trunk has been mutating and also, how the human activity differs from each time to other especially due to these characteristics. Another thing that caught my attention was concerning the lactose intolerance in adults. "The highest percentage of people with lactose tolerance occurred among populations in a region that substantially overlapped the ancient territory of the Funnel Beaker culture" (Wade, 2006, 137). By this phrase I can say that the fact that some people are currently intolerant to lactose is simply human evolution and not a light metabolism defection. We can see how broad and complex can be the term human evolution from now, and we can also explain not only the changes of human in physical aspects but also culturally and psychologically.
             
              Archaeology is well-known as the systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery. It is very important not only historically but also because it keeps culture alive. People will forget things in life and if there are things to remind people, then you just might keep that culture alive. Also, archaeology is important because it shows people what belongs to whom and what happened and what is left behind. What I learn in class has a technical and scientific foundation, based on experiences expressed in scientific books, which have been tested with scientific rigor and especially, by the time. What I see on TV and in theaters may have grounds reliable, but tend to express large percentage of positions or views that they both produce or even create, without necessarily having a solid base in terms of reason or scientific study.
             
              I personally enjoyed very much the concepts and definitions of the broad science of anthropology. After taking this course, I have realized anthropology is a very complex and interesting science not just because it tries to explain the past and bring that knowledge to the present but also because it tries to use the present in order to bring more knowledge to the future. I feel I have something of an anthropologist, I like to work and analyze a lot people that surround me: my family, my friends and even acquaintances. It feels pretty good that you can explain how a person is and how his or her respective customs and culture is by just analyzing some aspects from its society. This is what I most like from this course.
Anthropology Essay 
Harris, Marvin "Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture" 1989

Wade, Nicholas. "Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors." 2006
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