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By Franz Boas

The nice anthropologist's vintage treatise on race and tradition. Discusses organic and cultural inheritance, the fallacy of racial, cultural or ethnic superiority, the scientific foundation for human individuality, and masses extra. probably the most influential books of the century, now in a value-priced version. advent through Ruth Bunzel.

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May differ The basal time for two individuals quite considerably, still under varying environmental conditions they will react in the same way. If the conditions of life compel the one to con- centrate his attention while the other has never been required to do so, they may react in the same way, although structurally they represent different types. In more complex mental and social phenomena this adjustment of different types to a is of frequent occurrence. standard The pronunciation community viduals in a small common expert ear can identify the is home so uniform that an all by of a person articulation.

And that Our characterization of merely a conceptualiza- found in a large number are, for this reason, impres- In another population other traits impress them- upon the mind and are conceptualized. This selves does not prove that, types are found, mixed origin. of this type its The if both in a third population functional behavior due is to a objective value of generalizations not self-evident, because they are is merely the result of the subjective construction of types, the wide variability of which is disregarded.

The average values expressing the functioning of various races living under the same conditions are not the same, but the differences are not great as com- pared to the variations that occur in each racial group. Investigations of the functioning of the same sense organs of various races, such as Whites, Indians, Filipinos and people that their sensitiveness is of very New Guinea, indicate much the same. The popular belief in an unusual keenness of eyesight or hearing of primitive people is not corroborated by The impression is due to the power of observation which is directed to phenomena with which we are not familiar.

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