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What is Anthropology?

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of all factors of human life and culture. It observes focuses on how people live, what they think, what they create, and how they interact with their environments. Society, culture and evolution, are crucial to understanding what makes humans unique. Together, these ideas consist of the primary ways in which we describe, explain, and understand human life.

Evolution is a process in which characteristics of living organisms change over several generations as traits are passed from generation to generation. The science of evolution tries to find and understand the biological forces that caused ancient organisms to develop into the diversity of life seen on Earth today. Culture refers to the ways of life learned and shared by people in social groups. Cultures are comprised of learned behaviors and concepts, principal viewpoints, customs, rituals and many artifacts. The people in a human society generally share common cultural behaviors, which are produced through evolution.

Why is it so important to understand human life? In order for society to be more productive we must do so. As a clear result of September 11, 2001, we see that cultural differences cause

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