Tricking Oneself: The Cultivation of Surprise

Marilyn Strathern

In this talk, Professor Marilyn Strathern explores how to cultivate an openness to surprise. How do we keep from projecting our ideas about what people in out-of-the-way places are doing, thinking, and feeling? Will we even recognize their legal systems, or scientific experiments, or visual communication, in such places? What can we assume about how people manage their natural environments, treat their animals, centuries ago and in relation to development and climate change pressures, today?