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Samuel applies the framework he develops in this book to "Civilized Shamans" ( his study of Buddhism in Tibetan Societies) explicitly in some places and more so implicitly in the recognition of the importance of shamans to some societies and the respect that we should accord them for their constructive influence. In "Mind, Body, and Culture" he develops this theory of cultural patterns that goes across individuals, groups and entire cultures and that also goes across mind and body (i.e. rejecting their duality). My first reaction was that he was presenting a conditioning theory something like radical behaviorism (i.e. B.F. Skinnner's form of behaviorism which doesn't dismiss consciousness and private stimuli) but Samuels' framework doesn't depend on the natural scientific view that radical behaviorism assumes. His MMF can be applied to the non-scientific Ndembu in Africa and to the scientific Western culture.
About half the book uses examples from various cultures (in Africa, Asia, Australia, and even Europe) to apply his framework, which is undeniably a work in progress and has been offered by Samuel to others (i.e. to you and me) to help us design our own anthropology: one free of Western assumptions. Samuels' writes "To take the MMF as another form of authoritative knowledge would defeat its whole purpose".Read more ›