Stephen Barnard (
Fri, 06 Sep 1996 00:31:08 -0800

Amy wrote:
> <The question of whether Australian Aborigines do or don't have a
> <more
> <: direct relationship to Homo erectus than other races is a
> <matter of
> <: fact, and it should have no political overtones. In
> <particular, such a
> <: claim -- right or wrong -- does not necessarily imply a value
> <judgement.
> Of course it is a loaded question. It's the anthropological
> equivalent of a lawyer asking the defendant "Do you still beat
> your wife?" Bias in questioning has been an unfortuante plaque in
> anthropology.

It *may* be intended as a loaded question, but I don't see why it *has*
to be one. The assertion is either true or false.

Steve Barnard