Anthropology Professor on 9/11
Dr. Stross is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has conducted research throughout Mexico and Central America. As an anthropologist, he is concerned with culture, meaning, and the presuppositions that inform our interpretations of what we experience. As a linguistic anthropologist, he is interested in communication systems and social interaction. He studies languages and cultures, past and present, of Latin America, including indigenous Mesoamerica (utexas.edu).
I found Dr. Stross on the invaluable http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/ and asked him a few questions regarding the event. Although the text is brief, Stross is logical, persuasive, and comes from a respected academic position. His response is appreciated.
Originally posted at http://concarlitos.wordpress.com/
1) What aspects of the official story of 9/11 do you most take issue with?
I'm not sure what you mean by "take issue with", so I'll just say this; I like evidence, and regarding 9/11 what has been provided by the mainstream media seems to be questionable, doubtful, difficult to believe, highly suspect, clearly invented, or contrary to physical laws. The lack of transparency in the presumed investigation, the many aspects of an obvious official cover up and the way in which 9/11 was used as an excuse, contrary to the rule of national and international law, to invade Afghanistan, and then Iraq; all of these lead me to question official stories in general, and stories concerning 9/11 in particular.
2) As a professor of Anthropology, do you feel that the public rejection of any alternative theory is symptomatic of human nature?
I don't know what the public believes, so I don't know if indeed the public rejects any alternative theories of what happened. I can say this, however. I've noticed that regarding what I believe to be human nature, humans are pretty much "herd animals" for the most part, and they have a tendency to want to believe what their neighbors--or members of their reference group, be it peers or others--believe whenever possible, and they are also usually relatively easy to manipulate through advertising techniques (appealing to unconscious desires relating to sex, status, and survival) as well as by the big lie, frequent reinforcement of a message, muddying the waters, etc.
3) What does the existence and propagation of the 9/11 myth demonstrate about American society? Is adhering to myths a reoccurring theme for us?
I think that much of "history" is composed of just such constructed narratives as the "official" 9/11 myth, and adhering to myths has been a recurring theme for many in the US, but also all over the world. People generally tend to accept what they hear the most, and what they get from the mainstream media, and what members of their reference group accept.
This is how humans are socialized to be humans and how they are enculturated to the cultural norms of their societies.