phor, finding it appropriate to view information from various disciplines as capital. Different systems of information translated into "symbolic capital" can lead us to better appreciate the relationship between things or objects, and those persons (agents) shaped by their culture. We shape and define the nature of those knowledge domains which we revere as reality and therefore, with our consent, they rule the imagination. We have alluded to an example in the rhetorical devices of physicists to exemplify what is characteristic of many established scientific disciplines -- an intention-based semantics. The reader is driven to ascribe meaning, but the road to meaning is carefully guided by the intent of the scientist-authors, an intent to convert the reader to a belief system. This is done through a subtle shift from words conveying thoughts to words presumably conveying things: "facts," causes, relationships ( Grice 1989). Nor do we think that anthropology as a discipline is free of intentional works and pronouncements. Many anthropologists have thought of culture as the ultimate explanation, which raises the interesting question of where one could stand outside of it or find a lever long enough to arrange cultural words into meaningful constellations that are also dependable maps.
Medical anthropology has indeed enriched both anthropology and medicine, and will undoubtedly continue to do so. It is also a promising area for research in those knowledge domains composing the field; these are the domains that can be restructured into a new semantic field, a new grammar for avoiding the old paradigms of either/or. We need not look to biology or culture for the unique, "real," and exclusive cause for any of the phenomena we study. Biological events are biocultural; cultural events are also biological. Biological events and cultural events are equally and simultaneously biocultural. The materials we need to reach a new level of discourse are in our grasp; we have only to abandon outmoded approaches/disciplines to achieve an enlightening beginning for a new science.
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