Science: With Nudity, Culture

One school of anthropologists argues that the highest forms of civilization must develop in temperate climates. If a country is too cold, they say, its people have to struggle too hard just to stay alive. If it is too hot, they relax into slow-moving lassitude. Chief exponent of this theory was Yale's Professor Ellsworth Huntington, who lived in New Haven, Conn. He decided that the climate of Connecticut is ideal for culture.

Huntingtonism was seldom well received by anthropologists or by real-estate promoters of hot countries. In the Florida Anthropologist, Anthropology Professor Frederick...

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