Welcome to Anthroscopic! This is the first of many posts to explore, analyze, deconstruct, and celebrate the human condition. I would like to take a moment to explore the name of this new venture. By now you might be asking, what does anthroscopic mean? I have provided a short explanation in the About section, but I also want to take this time to explore the many facets and applications of this neologism. In order to do that, I had to rely on a few outside sources. For their contributions, I would like to thank Etymonline.com, Dictionary.com, and Merriam-Webster.com.
The first part of this word, its prefix, is “anthro”. Anthro has no particular meaning itself; however, it is considered an acceptable shortened form of longer words containing the root anthropo, which we find in words like anthropology and misanthrope (On a side not, Anthro, the first man born of Neanderthal parents, is also a comic book hero in the DC universe.). As Etymonline explains, Anthrop is a “word-forming element meaning ‘pertaining to man or human beings’. It is from the Greek, anthropos which designates humans distinct from the gods. Thus, anthropometry is the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body. Anthropocentric places the human at the center of existence, measuring the value of all experience and phenomena in human terms. Anthropogenic means that some event or some thing has its origin with humans. And anthropology is the study of humans and human society. There are a number of terms relying on this root to form words that provide some glimpse or tool into an understanding of human ideas, human society, human action, and human conceits.
The second part of this word, its suffix, is “scope”. Scope is derived of the Greek Skopein, meaning “to look”. We generally us scope as a noun, but in slang, the word is a verb which means to look at or figure out. In the noun form, scope describes aim, purpose, and perspective as it relates to operation and effectiveness. It can define extent and range in space and length. As Dictionary.com states, in Linguistics, logic, scope refers to “a range of words or elements of an expression over which a modifier or operator has control”. Finally, scope also has a noun combining form, used in compound words to describes an instrument for observing.
When “anthro” is combined with “scope,” we get a human viewing device. Anthroscopic is the image, the visual, of humanity made visible by the anthroscope. It is the total, complete wide-angle view of humanity and the human condition. The anthroscope is a tool for viewing all things for humans, of humans, and by humans. Anthroscopic is the result of an exploration of humanity in the universe and an analysis of the impact of human thought and action. Our objective here is to appreciate all that is human; to evaluate our strengths; to unpack our weaknesses; to taste the sweet and the bitter of life. We invite our audience to read our articles, our essays, our poems, and our fictions. We request the honor of your presence as you listen to us discuss current events and popular culture on our podcast. We encourage you to follow our tweets, and most of all, we beseech thee to get involved and become a lens in our human viewing machine.