Re: Brad Hume's Remarks

Robert Snower (rs219@IDIR.NET)
Tue, 30 Apr 1996 22:22:49 -0500

At 10:02 AM 4/27/96 -0500, you wrote:
>The point, however, is that the overzealous equation of heredity and
>ability which led to eugenics and helped provide a forum for the critique
>in culture theory are hardly questions that have been satisfactorily
>resolved by the latest generation of sociobiological spinoffs: evolutionary
>psychology, the evolutionary theory of culture, etc. We are engaged in
>our own set of kulturkampfe. Let's not once again try to overlook
>scientific uncertainties in the name of resolving social disputes or
>easing our consciences over perceived threats to "THE" scientific
>method or revolts against reason. We have not come much further in
>setting up Darwinian histories of "warfare" or hard-wired recognition
>of "cheaters" and we should still be worried about the dangers of
>Brad Hume
>History and Philosophy of Science
>Indiana University
You are absolutely right, of course. But we also must not make the mistake
of fighting only the last war. We must also be on our vigil against current
trends, that of the usurping of individual accountability in the name of
environmental deprivation and universal entitlement; and the subordination
of individual aspiration to ethnic and national loyalties.

R. Snower