Same Difference

Claude Lévi-Strauss (who has nothing to do with the jeans) is a French anthropologist. In "The Structural Study of Myth," Lévi-Strauss explained why myths from different cultures from all over the world seem so similar by looking at the structure of myths, rather than at their content. While the content of myths -- the specific characters and events -- may differ widely, Lévi-Strauss argued that they all exhibit structural similarities.