Jesse S. Cook III (jcook@AWOD.COM)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 15:13:30 -0400

This is in response to two postings by John R. Cole, one of two posted on 18
August 1996 and one of 19 August 1996. In the first-mentioned posting, he says:

"Cook is correctly [sic] about my misuse of the term 'species centrism',
altho[ugh] it is common usage..."

Common usage where, John?

"...I---and 'common'--should refer to Genus-centrism (ie [sic], Hominids)."

No, John. If "species-centrism" is misused, so it "genus-centrism" and for
the same reason.

"Cook suggests 'family-centrism' as the term I should use."

No, I didn't, John. Go back and read what I said.

"First, that is incorrect--my whole point was about 'human' centrism..."

But, John, it is only within the superfamily *Hominoidae* that we find more
than one extant taxanomic classification that includes us, i.e., the
families *Hylobatidae*, *Pongidae*, and *Hominidae*.

"...I was intentionally noting the distinction commonly made between humans
and other apes."

But that's exactly what you've got with "family-centrism". The Hylobatids
are the so-called lesser apes, and the Pongids are the so-called greater
apes. And, of course, you know that we are the only extant Hominid.

In the second-mentioned posting, he says:


Nobody ever said they didn't.

"REFS Follow!"

"McGrew's *Chimpanzee Material Culture* is a recent definitive work on
tool-making and tool use among chimps."

A recent personal communication from a well known anthropologist says: "A
comment I have made previously about McGrew's *Chimpanzee Material
Culture* that, despite all the most ingenious and committed research,
it takes enormous effort to find something about other animals that looks
remotely like the behavior of humans."

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