Sat, 20 Jul 1996 08:29:40 -0700

Is anyone here familiar with the concept of bias? Perhaps you should
become aquanted with them. Even my 13 year old brother stands over my
shoulder occasionally and points out the fallicies which dominate the
conversation in this group.

For example, there seems to be a tendency here to assume that if an
argument is not the same argument that one presents, it must be an
argument against. This simple conclusion constitutes an error of central
tendency, a contrast error, a logical error, and often a proximity
error. Wow, 4 out of 6 of the most common biases in a single assumption,
not bad for a group of self-proclaimed scientists.

Is anyone here familiar with the effects of bias on objectivity? Perhaps
you should become aquainted with these as well. Lack of objectivity is
one of the worst enemies to the progression of any science.

I realize that it is far easier to draw conclusions as to someone elses
meaning than to actually make an effort to understand what they say, but
this is hardly behavior one would expect from a professional. How do you
expect us non-anthropologists to take your comments seriously, when you
cannot show even the slightest inclination to be objective?