Re: Evidence for "Big Bang Theory"

Eric Shook (Panopticon@oubliette.COM)
Mon, 8 May 95 01:01:59 CST

In article <> (Gil Hardwick) writes:
> In article <3od1e8$>, Bruce D. Scott ( writes:
> >
> >Ob this thread: I would be quite interested, actually, to see some serious
> >anthropologists give comment. So far it has just been the jealous ranting
> >club of what Marvin Harris calls the "obscurantists" (although I do confess
> >I got into it initially to bask in the afterglow of Gil's enlighted
> >offerings).
> Marvin Harris? Do you actually mean the paperback writer after the
> fashion of Von Daniken and Wilson? Please any "serious anthropologist"
> do give comment. Welcome indeed.

Gil, are you taking a lot of drugs, or something? Or are you seriously of
the opinion that Marvin Harris is a quack? Have you read any of his works?

Please answer these questions:

1. Why is Marvin Harris's book "Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches" so often used
to supplement intro to cultural anthropology college courses, and why are
so many of his books contained in the bibliographies of the anthropology
texts used in colleges? Certainly he might occasion controversy, but I can
hardly imagine that you would have ggod reason to damn him to the ranks of
Von Daniken.

If you think about it, doesn't this type of "spitting in the eye
whimsically" diminish the resources of those assembling their own
introductory reading list from this newgroup?

And please, don't respond to me with the same flim flam that you give the
scsi.astro folk just because I am questioning you after you have read and
responded to all of the "big bang" stuff. Take a moment to give me an
earnest answer, and be your light hearted best. I am, after all, part of
the sci.anthopology group, and although I am begining to wonder if you are
over stressed, I have defended you twice so far upon occasions you are
unaware. I would hate to get into the cycle with you. Its not like it would
serve some leveling purpose. :-)

-- Eric Nelson --
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: