Re: Defending... PERTINENT TO GROUP?

Daryl Barnett (dbarnett@CATS.UCSC.EDU)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 18:18:29 -0800

Just an example of an unnecessary public posting... Is this posting of any
benefit to the entire group? At least now we all know what Dr. Rohrlich is
working on. (No offense intended, but conscious use of bandwidth is
reflective of our wise use of internet communication.)

At 08:52 PM 2/12/96 -0500, you wrote:
>I like the title very much, Bob and shall get hold of it. At this time,
>I'm working on the biography of a woman the title of whose autobiography
>is "In Praise of Imperfection." I sense a connection there with your
>book. Ruby Rohrlich
>On Mon, 12 Feb 1996, SS51000 wrote:
>> How do those of us who teach anthropology make it "relevant"? I
>> carefully avoid trying to persuade students that anthropology has
>> practical value (even though it sometimes does, of course). The harder
>> we try to convince students of the uses of knowledge, the more we
>> convince them--implicitly--that the only reason to value knowledge is
>> for its (apparent) usefulness. This, at least at a liberal-arts
>> institution, is perfectly self-defeating! We hope to instill a love of
>> knowledge for its own sake, increasing the number of life-long learners
>> out there. Ultimately, I believe that valuing knowledge for its own
>> sake is a value with long-term survival value for our species. I
>> elaborate this line of thinking in a little book, *Valuing Useless
>> Knowledge* (Thomas Jefferson University Press, Kirksville, Missouri,
>> 1995). --Bob Graber
Daryl Barnett
University of California Santa Cruz
Anthropology Major