Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?

Stephen Barnard (
Thu, 08 Aug 1996 05:56:39 -0800

William Edward Woody wrote:
> Did I miss something here? Or are the attribution lines all screwed up?

No, you missed something.

> I'm unwinding the quotes to make this more clear.
> > > Stephen Barnard ( wrote:
> > > : An "attempt" to discover something doesn't amount to success at
> > > : discovering it. Aristotle had an amazing blind spot: He was
> > > : either ignorant of or comtemptuous of the experimental method.
> > > : His writings are full of howlers that a simple experiment can refute.


> Footnote: As I recall my philosophy courses (which are as old and
> out of date as my QM and my VLSI design courses), Aristotle was not
> "comtemptuous" of the experimental method. Just that the philosophy
> of deducing the universe through experimental observation hadn't
> been uncovered yet....

If you read what I wrote, you'll see that I said he was EITHER ignorant
OR contemptuous of it. You're saying he was ignorant of it because it
hadn't been uncovered yet. Fine. Or maybe there was some other reason
he didn't use it. That's fine too. The point is that *he didn't use
it*, and that caused him to make some really bad mistakes.

Steve Barnard