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    Default Who is an amateur anthropologist?

    So I been wondering, for those who are into anthropology like myself, but have no degree, & don't get paid to do it, but just posts in anthroforums in here, I have a facebook anthropology group, two youtube anthropology channels, & a anthropological concept.

    So my question is, who is an amateur anthropologists, are we mostly amateur anthropologists in this forum?

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    Some people do this more as a hobby, you are right. Something to fill the time up with...

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    As a hobby.

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    I got my B.A. in Biological Anthropology from UCSD back in 2013. Good times, but the courses I took put far more emphasis on the fundamentals of human evolution, prehistory, and even primatology (one of my professors did field work with chimpanzees IIRC) than anything that would interest racialists. Our textbooks did have whole chapters refuting racialism, but our lectures didn't spend much time on the topic at all. Even the genetics course I took was more about Mendelian cross exercises than anything to do with uniparental haplogroups. All in all, my experience left me with the impression that practicing bio-anthropologists by and large don't share the same preoccupations as the vast majority of amateurs on these anthro forums. They couldn't care less about "classifying" individuals or silly old categories like Pontid or Capoid.

    Part of that could be due to the touchy nature of racial politics. Some of them might simply not want to step within ten feet of that landmine field. On the other hand, it also seems that most anthropologists who are open about their political opinions show far more overlap with progressive activists than ethno-nationalist reactionaries. They're far more likely to espouse anti-racist, feminist, pro-LGBT+, and even outright anti-capitalist opinions than anything an alt-righter would stand for. That's not to say that all anthropologists are innocent of culturally absorbed prejudice---we're all influenced by cultural conditioning to one degree or another. But the rift in worldview between anthropologists and all these amateur anthro-forum posters could not be more stark.

    That said, I did have one professor whose specialty was the evolution of human diet and nutrition. Her opinions on obesity and its health consequences probably would upset many of today's fat-acceptance/body-positive activists. But you don't have to be reactionary at all to think that those people are nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truthcentric View Post
    But the rift in worldview between anthropologists and all these amateur anthro-forum posters could not be more stark..
    Well this is not an anthropology forum lol... it’s a “HBD” forum which is just a new term for 19th century scientific racism, which they’re trying to revive.
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    not me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truthcentric View Post
    I got my B.A. in Biological Anthropology from UCSD back in 2013. Good times
    Ever think about graduate school?
    In my twitter feed I see post all day recruiting people for graduate, masters and PHD "programs".

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    Anthropology is based on your personal point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beyoku View Post
    Ever think about graduate school?
    In my twitter feed I see post all day recruiting people for graduate, masters and PHD "programs".
    I did, but that required taking the GRE test (which is like a SAT test). I didn't do well on the math section or the essay question (since I found its wording unhelpful). I did much better on the verbal skills section though. Alas, the GRE test I took had nothing to do with what I was studying anyway.
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