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Social Facts and Brute Facts: Confounding the Social and the Physical
Social facts and brute facts: Confounding the social and the physical

The quality of human life is inextricably interwoven with the kinds and variety of stimuli [we] receive from the earth and life it harbors, because human nature is shaped by … external nature.

Rene Dubos1

There is an interchange between culture and environment, perhaps continuous dialectic interchange, if in adapting the culture transforms its landscape … so it must respond anew to changes that it had set in motion.

Marshall Sahlins2

The first quote is from the biologist Rene Dubos; the second is from the anthropologist Marshall Sahlins. Each writer, the biologist and the anthropologist, addresses an incontrovertible condition of human existence: communities and environments are so entangled ...

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