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It is about time that someone finally comprehensively addressed the issues raised by Derek Freeman. The evolutionary psychologists can no longer cite his nonsense uncritically.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2012 3:08:00 PM PST
Z. Han says:
indeed, most of the people who seem to love Freeman only do so because he "proves" their beliefs right, just like Mead inadvertent support of the noble savage myth!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 12:42:47 AM PDT
Diogenes Swift says:
Mead and Freeman both mischaracterize the Samoans to some extent, but more to the point, does anyone actually accept Mead's description of Samoan adolescence as fact? The majority of Samoans certainly do not. And how long was Mead there? A couple months? Is that long enough to arrive at an accurate picture of a society?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2013 8:58:49 PM PDT
P. Mink says:
Margaret Mead was there 9 months (12 total, 3 for language). Also Margaret wrote her observations in a journal and based the book on the journal.
She was there when there was not so much Christian intervention, at least not on Tau. She was there 60 years earlier, before WWII, her work taken in context stands. It is an evolving field, not a stagnant one.
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