The plight of anthropology is an interesting one. If one were living in the early 20th century, anthropology would have been one of the most interesting subjects to study. Anthropologists were beginning scientifically to understand human biodiversity, wrote on it, and had great influence on other disciplines. Many of the best and brightest minds of this era, if not anthropologists themselves, were at least interested in anthropology. Fast forward to today, and the subject of anthropology (esp. “cultural” anthropology) is nearly a joke, which as no influence outside its department and is generally mocked by better and brighter scholars. While there still are many serious physical anthropologists, cultural anthropology has turned into a sort of religious cult (a secular version of religious creationists) whose only function seems to be to guard and protect the lies of The Cathedral (aka political correctness). Much of this transition, from seriousness to religious cult, has to do with the Marxist Franz Boas (recently proven to be a fraud) who sought to divorce anthropology from evolutionary theory in the name of Marxist egalitarianism.
This brings me to evolutionary anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon and his new book Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes—The Yanomamö and the Anthropologists, which has the guardians of PC worked up into self-righteous indignant hissy fits. Chagnon seems to be guilty of speaking the truth about the violent nature of Amerindian hunter-gatherers, something which just can’t be allowed under the auspices of New Speak. That’s Chagnon’s real crime. He’s a real scholar among Cultural Marxist kool-aid drinking Lysenkoists.
Here are a few must-read reviews of Chagnon’s new book:
Nicholas Wade: “An Anthropologist’s War Stories”
Gavin McInnes: “Anthropologists Gone Wild”
Kevin MacDonald: “Napoleon Chagnon and the Struggle for a Scientific Anthropology”
If you have the time, I really would read all three of these excellent reviews.
If you know of any other noteworthy reviews, please mention them below in the comments.