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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
> 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
> 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
> even worse consideration as I'm sure you'd agree given your ethnic
> 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
>>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
> 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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