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At 09:22 PM 7/02/02 -0500, you wrote:
>At 07:52 PM 2/7/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>>Hi Ray Recchia -
>> >I think we need to stick to safer topics.
>>That's also known as ostrichism.
>I think you are spelling it wrong. The term is "ostracism." And it's
>something this field needs to avoid in a very serious way. Look at the
>what the misuse of evolutionary theory lead to in the last century. The
>ripples were felt when in the 1970's E.O. Wilson wrote a wonderful book
>describing his ideas about a new science. There were some twenty or so
>chapters in that book and only the last one addressed humans at all. A few
>politically incorrect statements about men and women and the whole field
>got ostracized (not ostrichised).
Wade was referring to the ostrich's habit of putting its head in the sand
when confronted by danger.
I agree with you though that some of our generalisations, especially mine,
may "bite us on the ass" one day. E-mails are monitored by insecurity
agencies in these troubled times and, after some of my statements I don't
think that I will bother with any job applications to USAnian universities.
As Chomsky would say, in a climate of self-censoring democracy has ceased
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