By Franz Boas
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Devices for throwing spears from Australia and America; armor from the Pacific Islands and America; games of Africa and Asia; blowguns of Malaysia and South America; decorative designs from almost every continent; musical instruments from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Amer- from Africa and Melanesia; the beginning of the art of writing in America and in the Old World; the use of the zero in America, Asia and Europe; the use of bronze, of methods of firemaking in many parts of the world cannot be studied on ica; head rests the basis of their distribution by races, but only their geographical and by historical distribution, or as independent achievements, without any reference to the bodily forms of the races using these inventions.
All girls were much superior to boys, Whites and Indians, who are not familiar with bead work. Experience enabled the girls to grasp new, previously unknown forms rapidly and easily. He has also investigated the reactions to simple under very different con- tests of various races living ditions. He found that all races investigated by him respond under city conditions quickly and inaccu- same races in remote country districts slowly and more accurately. The hurry and rately, that the react pressure for efficiency of city life result in a different attitude that has nothing to do with innate intelli- gence, but An an is effect of a cultural condition.
We cannot say that the ratio of inadequate brains and nervous systems, that function noticeably worse than norm, the is same in every race, nor that those of rare excellence are equally frequent. It probable that such differences way as we the may is not im- exist in the same find different ranges of adjustability in other organs. If the anatomical structure of the brain ful indication of mental excellence, is a doubt- this is still more ANTHROPOLOGY AND MODERN LIFE 42 the case with differences in other parts of the body.
Anthropology and Modern Life by Franz Boas