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by Mary Turton,Wiktor Stoczkowski

  • Author: Mary Turton,Wiktor Stoczkowski
  • ISBN: 0521651344
  • ISBN13: 978-0521651349
  • ePub: 1906 kb | FB2: 1945 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Anthropology
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 22, 2002)
  • Pages: 246
  • Rating: 4.9/5
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Explaining Human Origins: Myth, Imagination and Conjecture ePub download

Wiktor Stoczkowski, Mary Turton. The author argues that theories of human origins developed by archaeologists and physical anthropologists from the early nineteenth century to the present day are structurally similar to Western folk theories, and to the speculations of earlier philosophers.

Wiktor Stoczkowski, Mary Turton.

Stoczkowski analyses two dozen texts – books and major articles – propounding hyotheses.

PDF On May 28, 2004, Alice B. Kehoe and others published Wiktor Stoczkowski, Explaining Human Origins: Myth, Imagination, and Conjecture. Translated by Mary Turton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Stoczkowski analyses two dozen texts – books and major articles – propounding hyotheses. how and why hominid lineages become modern humans. He makes it. abundantly clear that archaeologists naively write variations on the scenario already assumed.

Explaining Human Origins is quite a find. This relationship is, in his opinion, all too often none at all.

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Explaining Human Origins: Myth, Imagination and Conjecture. Wiktor Stoczkowski, Mary Turton. 9 Mb. Myth, Imagination, and Conjecture.

The author argues that theories of human origins developed by archaeologists and physical anthropologists from the early nineteenth century to the present day are structurally similar to Western folk theories, and to the speculations of earlier philosophers. Reviewing a remarkable range of thinkers writing in a variety of European languages, he criticizes the lack of development in theories of human origins, but concludes optimistically that the power of the scientific approach will deliver more reliable theories--only if it is conscious of the baggage it carries over from popular discourse.
Fani
fully agree with the other review, but I'd add a couple of points
1 the author is erudite and witty; consider:
"To the reader who may find too much scepticism here, I dedicate the ironic recollection which Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (who was also a witty man of letters) had of his first tutor: ‘He said that nothing was more uncomfortable than uncertainty, and for that reason he condemned thought because it engendered doubt.’
2 as that quote suggests, the lessons of this book apply far more widely than the study of the origins of humanity, though that is an intriguing enough subject
3 a book that is very accessible for the lay reader
Jark
Explaining Human Origins is quite a find. Stoczkowski shows both an encyclopedic acquaintance with the available facts and the modern theories concerning anthropogenesis. He also applies a penetrating, logical insight into the interaction between them. This relationship is, in his opinion, all too often none at all.
He subjects twenty-four hominization scenarios offered over the past two centuries to critical scrutiny, and none of them stand up. Much of the book is taken up with rewriting accounts of bipedalism, brain formation and growth, tool use, etc., in the form of syllogisms, each of which is evaluated with reference to their consistency with the archeological record, their plausibility from other sciences, and their possibility of verification or falsification. Historical, cultural, and political biases are rampant in the analyses, leading researchers not only to hypothesize beyond the facts, but also ignore them and invent others. Many accounts are found to have their origin in classical times, and almost all contain biases from thinkers who speculated before the Additionally, the accounts by scientists of the evolution of human beings are almost always at odds with Darwinism, and even Darwin is found to resort to Lamarckianism in the explanation of bipedalism in humans. More recent scientists are shown try to rephrase pre-Darwinian explanations in terms of natural selection without success.
Beyond its value as a critical work, this book also makes a fine reference text. It has a broad scope, good footnoting, and a twenty-five-page bibliography.
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