Re: Social Evolution

Mon, 16 May 1994 10:48:58 PST

I'm the historian from Portland, and I never meant to imply that progress was
being made. I
only meant that cultures change in a way that is analogous to the way biological
change, and tried to give some examples. I am sorry I picked examples which
might be seen as
change for the better or progress, but I deliberately chose the example of VCR's
because I
thought everyone knew Betas were actually superior to VHS.
Sorry if I misled people.

Nevertheless (apropos of cultural relativity) I reserve the right to think
(accepting my own
cultural bias) that some ways of living are preferable to others. Change is a
nice neutral word,
but in the end aren't we supposed to be doing more than ONLY describing and
explaining? I
mean, wouldn't it be nice to get some answers out of this whole enterprise? Or
am I hopelessly
(Not rhetorical questions).

Karen Eva Carr
History Department
Portland State University
Portland Oregon 97203
(503) 725-5472