Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?
Fri, 26 Jul 1996 14:28:38 -0700
> In article <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>email@example.com (Bryant) wrote:
>>>In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>> I can find little reference to actual matriarchy societies...however, I
>>>> know that they have existed and will exist.
>>>In point of fact, if you cannot find evidence of their having
>>>existed, then you do not really "know" that they did. Likewise, it's not
>>>likely that you can tell the future. (That old evidence thingy, again.)
>>Actually, your assumption is incorrect.
> I said "if you cannot find evidence," you don't know the above to be true or
> false. Apparently, you mis-spoke yourself earlier. Has precious little
> to do with my assumptions, however. :)
Actually you made an if-then statement. If, initiates a contengency;
then, provides a hypothetical action. This is called an argument. As you
provided no reference as to whose argument it might be, it can be
reasonably assumed that the assumption is yours (you did assume the
argument when you presented it).
Bryant, look in your anthropology dictionary or whatever, and find the
word 'context.' As in, 'doesn't it strike you as a little odd that you
cannot even take your own responses in context?' 'And, would you please
attempt to take what others say in context?' Writing is a wonderful
medium, but it has little value if it is not read.