Anthropology, an old lesson.

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Albany, OR

#1 Apr 4, 2009

I recall hearing quite some time ago about a story of a person being brought from a very remote tribe, someone who had no real European exposure, brought in to the city, and this person stood on top of a very tall building, and refused to believe that the insects walking below him were humans.

I'm trying to connect this to some kind of anthropological/sociological term.

If you have one for this kind of thing, help?


Since: Apr 09

Jacksonville, FL

#2 Apr 6, 2009
Well, seems like that person belonged to a society where there was no such thing as being in a place where you could look down at others that are far away below you to the point that they're the size of insects to your eyes...

Since the situation never happened in his life at the tribe, he has no experience nor knowledge of such, it is out of place for him so he has to supplement the unknown with what he knew to make sense out of it (hence insects).

We believe the "insects" as humans because we grew up in a culture that exposes us to that situation, hence we learned to consider those "insects" as people if we were put in a similar situation.

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