Generative Anthropology

Generative Anthropology

Generative Anthropology is a new way of thinking developed by UCLA Emeritus Professor Eric Gans. Generative Anthropology (GA) is an attempt to come to grips with the fact that language as we know it represents not a gradual development of animal communication but a radical break from it.

To learn more about Generative Anthropology, and the Originary Hypothesis, we hope you'll find this site a useful point of origin.

Written Introductions to GA:

GA Wikipedia

Generative Anthropology is rich with vocabulary terms that can be overwhelming if you are new to GA. The GA Wikipedia is an attempt to define GA’s terminology and link to those definitions when they are used in different contexts.

View the Wikipedia:

Books about Generative Anthropology:

I would recommend two books for those new to GA: The Origin of Language by Eric Gans & Anthropomorphics by Dennis Bouvard. They are both concise and powerful introductions to this new way of thinking.

  1. The Origin of Language:
  2. Anthropomorphics:

Blogs about Generative Anthropology:

Dennis Bouvard writes about GA on Substack:

Eric Gans has an active blog:

Meet other Generative Anthropologists:

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If you're interested in writing a paper, the Call for Papers for the 16th GASC Conference is now open: