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In 1969, Paul Ekman was presenting his findings on the universality of human facial expressions to a meeting of the American Anthropological Association , when an anthropologist tried to stop him from completing his talk, shouting out that Ekman was a “fascist.” Around that same time, Ekman even drew fire from the world’s most famous anthropologist, Margaret Mead, who claimed that Ekman was guilty of “improper anthropology.” Mead, who had championed the Blank Slate view of human nature, was critical of Ekman for disagreeing with Ray Birdwhistell, another prominent anthropologist who had conducted research on nonverbal behavior. Birdwhistell, relying on anecdotes about cross-cult... Full story

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