The Art of Being Human
The Art of Being Human

The Art of Being Human

Lead Author(s): Michael Wesch

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“Anthropology requires strength, valor, and courage,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes noted. Real anthropology cannot be contained in a book. You have to go out and feel the world’s jagged edges, wipe its dust from your brow, and at times, leave your blood in its soil. Here, the 10 Big Lessons of Anthropology are put into practice in 10 Challenges that help us live our way into the art of being human.

The Art of Being Human

First Edition
by Michael Wesch
Copyright © 2018 Michael Wesch

To Baby George, for reminding me that falling and failing is fun and fascinating.

The following chapters were written to accompany the free and open Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course available at This book is designed as a loose framework for more and better chapters in future editions. If you would like to share some work that you think would be appropriate for the book, please contact the author at

Praise from Students

Kansas State University:  "This class was just completely different than any class I have ever taken in my entire life."  - Ashley, age 27, returning to school for a second degree.  Watch the video to see how the unique setup of 10 lessons and 10 challenges creates an environment for putting the learning into action and creating life-changing experiences.

Ohio State University:  Professor Mark Moritz intervewed students of ANTH 2202 and found that many of them not only thought it was fun, engaging, and eye-opening.  But many also had transformative experiences.  "It gave me a deeper meaning of what it is to be a person participating in culture." 

"Coming into this class I was not all that thrilled. Leaving this class, I almost cried because I would miss it so much. Never in my life have I taken a class that helps you grow as much as I did in this class."

"I learned more about everything and myself than in all my other courses combined."

"I was concerned this class would be off-putting but I needed the hours. It changed my views drastically and made me think from a different point of view."

"It really had opened my eyes in seeing the world and the people around me differently."

"I enjoyed participating in all 10 challenges; they were true challenges for me and I am so thankful to have gone out of my comfort zone, tried something new, and found others in this world."

"This class really pushed me outside my comfort zone and made me grow as a person."

"I expected to learn a lot about other people in this class but I ended up learning a lot about myself, too."

"I came into this class with little understanding, and came out with a massive knowledge of the world, and myself."

"This class allowed me to rethink who I am, what I am, and what I want to be by looking at 'who we are' as people."

"It changed my way of thinking about life, situations, and others around the world." 

"This class is absolutely life changing."