RE: future language

From: Vincent Campbell (
Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 16:35:47 BST

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            <Taliban aside, hearing something apathetic towards loss of cultural

    > diversity on a list about cultural processes is sort of like hearing
    > someone
    > on an entomology list say that it's not all that big a deal if many of the
    > world's insect species go extinct. We could learn lots about European
    > derivative culture and extrapolate this to those lost cultures and their
    > language much like we could learn lots about fruitflies and extend these
    > findings (beyond the genetics research if you catch the drift of my
    > sarcasm)
    > to cover what all those uncatalogued insects may have been like.
    > Loss of learning opportunities is less lamentable than that the people
    > affected may have been lost with their unique cultural attributes. That's
    > an
    > even worse consideration as I'm sure you'd agree given your ethnic
    > cleansing
    > comment above.>
            Fair point, well made. I'm not entirely convinced of the ethics of
    maintaining cultures with dubious practices for the sake of learning about
    cultural evolution, but I see what you mean.

    >> Perhaps I should stop before someone leaps on a plane to
    Scotland (I
    >>wouldn't the weather's terrible today) to ram my keyboard down my

            <Nah! Besides the fear that I might see someone wearing a kilt
    eating haggis
    > is enough to keep me off the plane ;-)>
            I can honestly say that haggis, when made properly is very tasty,
    but kilts and bagpipes I've never warmed to.


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