No sé si conocéis la historia de uno de los fraudes más sonados de la antropología progresista. Sonado a pesar de la sordina que “la academia” aplica en estos casos.
Este es un enlace a un pequeño artículo sobre el libro de la Meads, Coming of Age in Samoa, en el que se dice que ha sido considerado en algunas listas como el peor libro del s. XX.
David Williamson, Australian playwright has written a satirical play based on the Mead-Freeman controversy titled: “Coming of Age in Academia”. Writing of himself in an advertisement for his play, William’s states:“He believes that it is ironic that while anthropologists argued that there was no biological essence to human nature or links to our animal ancestors “‘Their treatment of Derek was identical to the treatment a chimpanzee troupe gives to one of it’s outcasts.”
Y acaba con esta conclusión:
My recommendation is that Derek Freeman’s “Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth” and “Coming of Age in Samoa” by Margaret Mead, be discussed thoroughly in all cultural anthropology classes or, better yet, have a class exclusively devoted to the subject. Indeed, it would serve as a useful tool in any class with a focus on the use of the scientific method for data acquisition, as an example of how the system can be manipulated and abused by those who are entrusted with its care.
Robyn Williams: Isn’t it surprising then that after all this time, I mean Margaret Mead’s book was published in about 1923 and here we are in 1984, something like 60 years later. Why did it take so long for one of the most public, as you’ve implied, statements about the human condition, why did it take all that time for a refutation to take place. It doesn’t say much for science does it?Derek Freeman tape: “Well, a number of people pointed out the inadequacy of the evidence as early as the 1930s, but I think here we are dealing with beliefs of an ideological kind on which people predicate their whole view of the world, and they tend to cling to these beliefs and to wish to avoid the disturbance of having to rethink their assumptions. And if you look back in the history of human thought you’ll find much more gross myths than that which have endured very much longer.”