Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?

Bryant (
9 Sep 1996 20:52:01 -0600

In article <>, Lars Eighner <> wrote:
>I've been meaning to ask: is "sociobiology" the polite word?
>Or do they prefer "Social Darwinism"? I am sorry to have ask,
>but I wasn't born yet when the sociobiologists/Social Darwinists
>had their big convention in Nuremburg.

You know, Lars, I just about gushed when you actually provided some
meaningful references to make an important point about the ethnographic
record. Amid the shrill and unfair assaults offered up by many on this
newsgroup, I was really impressed with your calm integrity in the face of
my request for references.

But you had to make an ass of yourself with the grotesque cheap shot
quoted above.

The Social Darwinists, as you know, proscribed social goals and
contributed to the oppression of disempowered groups of human beings.

Sociobiologists, evolutionary psychologists, and behavioral ecologists,
do nothing of the sort. We seek to understand the nature of social
behavior, not to hurt people.

Do you understand the profound difference between proscribing political
policy and describing social behavior?

Do you *care* about conducting yourself honorably?
Does dignity and honesty count for less when you don't have to face those you
liken to fascists?

>=Lars Eighner