Last night I realized what I want to focus on in my major (anthropology)- the field of medical anthropology. The things I spend most of my time thinking about seem to fall under that category:
- People’s diets in other parts of the world and application in American society
- Farming/hunting methods or methods of getting food/nutrition
- Folk medicine and possible applications in “western” society
- The role of psychology and (in) religion/spirituality in healing practices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
The only problem is that I don’t know what I have to study in order to do this, so I’ll be seeing my Professor-who-knows-everything and my TA-who-knows-everything tomorrow and maybe they can give me a few pointers.
Of course, at the same time I really want to study the role and function of religion in society, which isn’t quite related. Or maybe it is. Depends on the culture, I suppose. I was just having a conversation about religion with my roommate and I was trying to defend the position she was opposing. But after a while, as I always do, I just couldn’t. I’m not really interested in conveying my point of view in these cases. All I could think was, “If you lived five hundred years ago in Europe instead of Now, in America, you would completely understand the opposing view, and the points you are trying to defend now would not even come to mind. And this is why…. (*mind goes on a tangent*)”