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On WEIRD Cultural Beliefs, Anthropologists’ Wizard-envy and the Skeptical Native"

anthropology, ontology, magic, skepticism, culture, reality, David-Graeber, RAW, OT

Graeber concludes his piece by explaining that his saying as an anthropologist – like his informants themselves said – that certain spirit-charms probably didn’t work, actually allows for the possibility that other charms might do so. Skepticism about magic is thus a necessary part of its possibility, and we actually take the ‘radically other’ possibilities of our research participants’ worlds more seriously when we recognize that they are often just as hard-to-swallow, inconclusive, weird or paradoxical for our research participants themselves.