Re: The Real Place of Fuzziness in Anthropology

Joel and Lynn Gazis-Sax (
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 13:47:18 -0800

Bryant wrote:
> In article <>,
> Joel and Lynn Gazis-Sax <> wrote:
> >Bryant wrote:
> >>
> >> How profound. Tell me, Joel: if I argue that an organism is,
> >> developmentally speaking, simultaneously 100% genetically determined and
> >> 100% environmentally determined, would you disagree?
> >
> >Still eating aborted fetuses, Bryant? Thought so!
> Alright, sure, Joel, whatever. But I was trying to make a point about
> the futility of partitioning an individual's genetic and environmental
> influences. Even if a genotype is poorly canalyzed for a given trait,
> making its expression seemingly very variable, there's genetic involvement.
> Bryant

Pardon me, Bryant, but I think it is time for you to come to terms with
the way you approach people who don't agree with your points. Your
question /was/ downright hostile. If you don't like my flippancy, how
about a little humility? I've said I was sorry when I was wrong, but
never let my mistakes lead you into believing that I am a pushover.

This conversation can resume when you do a few things like retract a
few of the comments with which you greeted me. Yes, I admit I can
make mistakes -- it can happen when you come into the middle of a
thread. But the way you and your mafia have treated me since my
return hasn't been nice. I've responded in kind.

You can use me in one of two ways: Either 1.) You can continue what
you are doing and keep driving yourself into your pit of contradictions
or 2.) You can take on some of my tougher questions -- for example
the houses example which was so neatly ridiculed by your panzer corps.

Apology will be graciously accepted when you make a public and truly
sincere retraction of some the nasties you've said about me lately.

Show me that you are sincere and I will treat you accordingly. We
can disagree on science, but when you start calling me stupid, expect
the same in return.



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