Re: BELL CURVE CRITIC EXPOSED?
Richard Spear (email@example.com)
Sat, 4 Feb 1995 10:23:05 PST
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (Phil Nicholls) writes:
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Phil Nicholls)
>Subject: Re: BELL CURVE CRITIC EXPOSED?
>Date: 4 Feb 1995 06:01:10 GMT
>No. There are some areas of study in which typology is useful.
>Archaeologists use typology to classify projectile points, for example.
>Unlike biological variation, artifacts are created from a preconceived
>idea in someone's mind as to what they were trying to make. Hence
>the "type" did exist in someone's mind.
Well, that may be so, but ... the classification of projectile point types is
done from the modern observer's perspective, not the point producer's. This
can lead to typologies that are just as arbitrary as the racial
characterizations being (endlessly!!!) discussed here.