'turn 'em into people'
Sun, 17 Apr 1994 11:48:47 RSA
Carrier's reponse to Yee is interesting, but I know too well that
many murders know their victims all too well, and that is precisely
why they wish to murder them! Contempt thrives in familiarity. I like
Danny Yee's suggestion, too, but making them human might make us all too
human! Or at least it may not stop the flames. I actually don't mind
flames that much--one can get used to almost anything...
I tend to sit on the margins of this list listening when I have the time
on Sundays, for instance, and don't contribute regularly, but here is a brief
Yee-bio for the list-listners and cyberhumans out there.
b. 1949 in Denver Colorado to a father who had returned wounded from the
War and so had begun to study psychology to figure out Why, and a mother who
was more certain about Things and who studied biochemistry. My birth caused
my mother to drop her studies and my father to redouble his, thus I grew
up with lab rats (live) as they spilled over from my father's psychology Ph.D.
and lab rats (dead and pickled) as they spilled over from my mother's
teaching bio-labs in after-school afternoons waiting to go home. Home was
Denver til I was 5, then Iowa til i was 12, then Delhi, India til 14,
back to Iowa, then to California in the late sixties to People's Park
demos and draft resistance while studying at Stanford U. and hanging out
in Berkeley, and SF. Fled to Uganda in 1970 to visit my parents who were
Peace Corps administrators there, taught science to Ugandan High School Girls
for two years, then back to Stanford to finish degree, and on to Chicago to
study for the Ph.d. Field work in Tanzania, mid-seventies, and first job
in Cape Town SA in 1979. STill here, dangerously hypereducated with broad
interests including staying alive, computers and programming, south AFrican
politics, landscape and langauges, most aspects of anthro., gardening,
keeping my old car running since I can't afford a new one, food and cooking, an
d other things that I have forgotten at this moment. I dislike cats,
find dogs mildly amusing but don't have one, and, surprisingly, am neither for
nor against laboratory rats.
ROBERT THORNTON TEL: (011) 716 2900 OFFICE
DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY (011) 716 2766 SEC'TY, & TO LV MSG.
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND Home:(011) 646 2578
PVT. BAG 3 Fax: (011) 716 2766 (Anthro Office)
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