Re: First Family and AAT

H. M. Hubey (
6 Oct 1995 20:37:36 -0400

Alex Duncan <> writes:

>Since complex math seems to be able to solve all of our problems, perhaps
>you should go ahead and apply some of it to the problem of human origins.

Who say's I'm not working on it? PS. It's not "complex math".

> Either that or stop criticizing the field because it hasn't been done.

Good point. Most people of the world would have to shut up if
they followed up on this. No editorials, no philosophers, no ....

>Dr. Holloway's suggestion should be taken very seriously. You clearly
>have a wide and deep ignorance that needs fixing before you presume to
>lecture anthropologists about the shortcomings of our field. I continue

I'm an admitted amateur but one thing for sure, I'd never make
such cocksure statements as those made by some when the evidence
for it is so little. It's like trying to measure the thickness
of a human hair with a ruler.

>Evolution and American Journal of Physical Anthropology. I strongly
>concur. I also would recommend Klein's "The Human Career" as a good

Yeah.. I've had people recommend that I read blah blah blah before.
Usually they're the ones who need to read..

I won't go any further. I'm in the middle of something else and
can't afford to take much time out for [...]

>all sciences) has dramatic shortcomings. However, you don't seem to know
>what they are, and you won't until you educate yourself a little bit.

Unfortunately, it seems to be the reverse. I know exactly what the
shortcomings are. It's the verbiage school that needs to read.
It can't hurt them except to take away some of their glibness.
One thing for sure, they'll learn to appreciate the complexity
and the magnitude of the task that lies before them.


Regards, Mark