Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?

Marty G. Price (mprice@Ra.MsState.Edu)
Sun, 4 Aug 1996 21:32:20 -0500

On 4 Aug 1996, Paul Ciszek wrote:

> "Marty G. Price" <mprice@Ra.MsState.Edu> writes:
> >Sorry, Bryant, but even in the Western cultural context, you will find
> >interpretations which vary enough from the ones you stated to allow the
> >"social context" interpretation (which in malicious hands becomes "social
> >bias"). For example, Aristotle's explanation for gravity ("things seek
> >their own level") is very different from Newton's.
> Aristotle's model of gravity was not only different from Newton's, it was
> out-and-out WRONG, even by the standards of his own day. There were
> contemporaries of Aristotle who knew that heavy things did not neccesarrily
> fall faster than light things. They just didn't get revered by the ages.
[snipped accurate but irrelevant account]
You missed the point, Paul. You are absolutely correct regarding
Aristotle's model of gravity, and there is a significant point worth
making on why Aristotle never tested his theory (and would never dream of
empirically testing any theory!).

But I wasn't discussing the model, I was discussing the four causes,
specifically the "final cause": things seek their own level. We no longer
seek teleological explanations in our science and that (not the matter of
being right or wrong) is the significant cultural difference I was
referring to.

Blessed Be,