Re: refs re: crying as a marine marker

Phillip Bigelow (
21 Oct 1995 09:58:43 -0700

I wrote:
>> Actually, Elaine Morgan and Hardy made the claim that hunans are the only
>>primates that shed emotional or non-emotional tears. Where is their
>>references for this claim? Did they do the research themselves? (No).
>>Did they provide a reference for each primate that was studied? (No).
>>Do they even know how many primate species there are in the world? (No).
>>They should not have even made the claim of "fact" in the first place.
>>That is lousy scientific method, if you ask me. responded:
>No, this is making a testable hypothesis. This is a cprnerstone of scientific method.

The problem is that in both her aquatic ape books, Elaine Morgan doesn't
refer to this as a testable hypothesis. She uses it as EVIDENCE. Not only
is it lousy scientific method, but it is also a fatally flawed method.
Good science never uses a hypothesis as evidence. And it most certainly
never uses a hypothesis that has yet to be fully tested.
Elaine Morgan messed up big with this one.