Clifford Geertz: My old anthropology professor Jean-Paul Dumont would say that the anthropologist-visitor to another culture--even a visitor endowed with perfect good will--will inevitably witness a performance, behavior "staged" for him. And even when you get behind one performance, pull back one set of curtains, you are confronted by another stage & yet another performance. If there is a never-ending regression of performances between human cultures, how much more profound is the problem across species.


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