“‘When I studied anthropology in university I did really well on paper, I got good grades,’ he says. ‘But I honestly graduated not understanding anything about anthropology. I could tell you about kinship analysis, but I couldn’t tell you why I had learned about it.’”
“What I’m hoping to do is get young people to embrace the central revelation of anthropology, which is the idea that other peoples of the world are not failed attempts to be us. Each culture is a unique answer to the question, what does it mean to be human and alive?”
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“Academics, of all people, should know that culture drives practice. The rapid pace of contemporary corporate life clearly and reasonably demands shorter time horizons for any research project.”
“‘Business’ involves the trade of technologies, products, social and cultural processes, people, money, and ideas (Arjun Appadurai’s notion of ‘scapes’). As a result, anthropologists ignore business at their peril.”
“The data we collect reflects what is happening now, not just what happened in the past. Anthropology helps us understand the ‘why’ and ‘why now.’ Data anthropology helps bridge the gap between quantified data and context.”
“Adventure encompasses so many experiences and emotions, which are different for everyone. The universal appeal, in my opinion, is the opportunity to embark on the unknown, experience yourself in a whole new way, and open your heart and mind to a fresh perspective on life.”
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