Author's Note: How Biological Anthropology Works
As a physical scientist, I've always loved numbers, irrefutable rules of nature, logic. The social sciences have always felt too messy to me because they involve humans. And, well, we're messy. Learning more about biological anthropology made me realize, however, that the mess is what makes it fun. The different factors that all go into making the study of humans messy – where we grew up, how we grew up, our genes, etc. – is what makes it so interesting to study. And frankly, what makes it so interesting to be human. Living in a world of robots that all followed rules of nature and logic precisely sounds lame.
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