Thomas Eric Brunner (
1 Feb 1995 22:20:08 GMT (S. LaBonne) wrote:

> The point you seem unable to grasp is that continued thinking in
> "racial" terms is not necessarily useful.

I don't think it's necessarily useful. Nor do I think it's
necessarily useless. I'm arguing against the latter claim. The
former is obvious.

> Certainly nobody in _this_
> thread inspires any confidence that it is useful! Just _why_ are you
> so emotionally attached to the idea of race, anyway?

I'm not. I'm emotionally repelled by the twisting of fact to deal
with unpleasant facts. TBC doesn't make any claim to be a text
in biology; yet it is treated as if it had made such a claim, and
naturally found to fall far short, since it argues in terms of
categories which are not particularly useful to biologists. What
is the point of misrepresenting the intent of the book? To escape
the need to deal head-on with the unpleasant data the book has
gathered, I suspect.