Mary Catherine Bateson

Mary Catherine Bateson is an eminent anthropologist, who is also the daughter of two eminent anthropologists (Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson). In “Myths of Independence and Competition” (published in a special issue of Systems Research & Behavioral Science dedicated to the Anthropocene) she argues that the Western cultural emphases on individualism and competition are 1) more myth than fact, and 2) are undermining humanity’s ability to deal with global problems. In an On Being interview last year, she explored and expanded on several of the same themes, as well as a few others.