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To him, the counter-culture movement is and was just another manifestation of spirituality ruling out in favor of rationality, and that the rejection of science when it comes to human behavior, particularly through blanket cultural relativism, is dangerous and irresponsible for all concerned.

Jun 04, Matty rated it really liked it. All too often, we are like puppets on a string, as our culture determines what is ‘cool. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Why were thousands of witches burned at the stake during late medieval Europe? I really like the author’s perspective that cultural behavior can be explained by real and concrete things. Sin duda, un libro que cumple su objetivo: The final bits of the book deal with counter-culture’s embrace of pseudo-science and Eastern spirituality, of defiance of the scientific method in favor of internal transcendentalism.

Published December 17th by Vintage first published December 1st Whether Jesus was one of these revolutionary warriors is disputed, but Harris argues that the “peaceful messiah” idea only gained prominence later during Roman backlash, as a way to distinguish between the “harmless” Christians and the rebellious Jews. There is plenty here to discuss and debate. Perhaps half a million people died, in probably hundreds of Jewish uprisings, all led by religious insurgents called Messiahs.


Considering current world events, I also found the sections about the middle east to be quite enlightening.

Review of “Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture” | The End of Capitalism

It also influences men as to the importance of recreation or religion, influences women about the priority of career or childbearing, and has a powerful effect on One of my favorite quotes regarding culture comes wittches an ecclesiastical leader named David R.

The main thing Harris I picked this up again last week and enjoyed it greatly.

Harris’ earliest work began in the Boasian tradition of descriptive anthropological fieldwork, but his fieldwork experiences in Mozambique in the late s caused him to shift his focus from ideological features of culture, toward behavioral aspects.

Notify me of new posts via email. The theories are plausible, but that doesn’t make them accurate.

An excellent, detailed book of wackadoo theories for long-standing constant human cultural mores, working with next to no practical evidence and tied together with all the pomp and coherence of a drunk, culfure sociologist giving an extemporaneous sermon on whatever crosses his mind.

Here at last was a reason tue pay tithes and obey the tax collector. If Washington is the new Rome, then who are the new messiahs? Books by Marvin Harris.

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Why were thousands of witches burned at the stake during late medieval Europe? This discussion of patriarchy leads to an exploration of class.

Non-believers like Marvin Harris and the differently-believing-from-you have every bit as much right as believers of various faiths do to study and discuss with authority any and all religious beliefs. I won’t give any spoilers but I want to say, if such a strong ambition to search for truth doesn’t deserve respect, then I don’t what does. The End of Capitalism?: Visitors would smuggle out tiny vials of his semen, well into his 80s.


Ware long-term result would be greater poverty and class division.

witche Over the course of his professional life, Harris drew both a loyal following and a considerable amount of criticism. There are several reasons why I wasn’t going to review this book. I can’t get into the writing style, and reading a year-old anthro witcches doesn’t appeal to me. Oct 05, John David rated it liked it Shelves: Tracing spiritual beliefs and practices back to rational, pressing earthly concerns like food, land, and the perpetuation of the species does not make you the Antichrist.

While the contemporary United States would itself provide enough material irddles a multi-volume study of this kind, Marvin Harris focuses mostly on pre-scientific and pre-literate peoples to answer questions like: Cows are inefficiently raised and devoured in the United States, while in India, people would rather go hungry than eat cow flesh.

Witchcraft fit the bill nicely. It never occurred to me to question why Hindus would rather starve than eat a sacred cow.