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Anthropology is the study of various aspects of humans within societies of the past and present. Social anthropology and cultural anthropology study the norms and values of societies. Linguistic anthropology studies how language affects social life. Biological or physical anthropology studies the biological development of humans. Archaeology, which studies past human cultures through investigation of physical evidence, is thought of as a branch of anthropology in the United States, while in Europe, it is viewed as a discipline in its own right, or grouped under other related disciplines such as history. [Adapted from Wikipedia]

One of the truly liberating features of being a radical lifelong learner is that  you don't have to spend time, energy, and other vital resources splitting hairs between arbitrary names of things. Are you fascinated with anthropology? Are you drawn to archaeology?  When necessary, put yourself into either category. Otherwise, you are just a person interested in the way people were ... 10,000 years ago and 10 years ago.

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