the Culture Bomb

Regarding the Anthropological Approach to Evolutionism

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Evolutionism in Anthropology was a widely held 19th century belief that organisms are intrinsically bound to increase in complexity through evolution. (Carneiro, 2003) Of course, that is not to say that evolutionism in anthropology has remained in the bygone era, nor has it disappeared completely from modern scholarship. However, for contemporary academics interested in evolutionism, the discourse bears little to no resemblance to the initial thrust of early social evolutionary theorists like Sir Henry Maine, Morgan, Fustel de Coulanges, Spencer, Tylor, and the like. Their thinking, along with their contemporary’s, was based less on empirical/experiential evidence, and more on speculation derived from fallacious premises concerning the nature/state of the human being; more specifically, referring to any sort of directionality in which human beings are destined to evolve socially. Although the ideals and normative prescriptions offered up by these scholars has largely been discredited in favor of a more relative…

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