GOING NAKED INTO THE JUNGLE ALONE

by

Stephen Chilton, Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Minnesota - Duluth
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Invited presentation, prepared for the program on The Transfer of Ideas Across Cultures, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Fulbright Association, St. Catherine's College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 23, 1993. As ever, I am indebted to V. Lois Erickson for encouragement and intelligent commentary.


GOING NAKED INTO THE JUNGLE ALONE

ABSTRACT

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GOING NAKED INTO THE JUNGLE ALONE

Getting along with other people is becoming more important relative to the development of new technical knowledge:

Even more than a crisis with failing oxygen or the participants' average loss of almost 14 percent of body weight, she said, "human group dynamics" emerged as their / biggest challenge.
Only the knowledge that they were mutually interdependent in the fragile ecological system held them together, despite tensions and incompatibilities that she said were worse than any she had experienced on seagoing voyages as a marine biologist. [A comment from Abigail Alling, one of the members of the "Biosphere 8" experiment; reported in the Duluth News-Tribune, September 27, 1993, pp.1A, 5A.]

Hence the topic of this program: What happens to disciplinary knowledge when transferred to other cultures?




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