Re: Words and memes

From: Jeremy Bradley (
Date: Fri Feb 08 2002 - 12:15:03 GMT

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    At 09:22 PM 7/02/02 -0500, you wrote:
    >Hi Wade,
    >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).
    Hi Ray
    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
    to exist.

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