Re: The possible loss of two fig leaves in anthropology...

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Tue, 7 Feb 1995 11:22:13 -0500

Thankyou Harriet, but mean culpa, I probably have been saying Anatole
d"France for decades. Please set me and a generation or so of students on
the correct path. As for what we do with this information, well the first
thing to do is be skeptical, and hope that other people will try to
replicate or not. Second, appreciate that such differences, even if
replicated, are not biological fates, and that the degree of overlapping
is pretty high. Third, the racist agendas are there whatever we do, and
this doesn't really provide them with ammo unliess they misuse it. As a
physical anthropologist who has worked within a large social/cultural
environment (Columbia University) I am always grateful that I have been
tolerated, even if no one here has ever heard me lecture about sex
differences in the corpus callosum... Life is not easy when you study
from the neck up... Best regards, Ralph Holloway.
On Tue, 7 Feb 1995, Harriet
Whitehead wrote:

> Ralph, I find your post on brain differences fascinating and (I hope) not
> too storm-provoking. It seems to me entirely plausible that human
> variation, at the level of populations, can work from the neck up as well
> as the neck down. How that would play out in behavior/ability etc.
> remains to be seen. And what we then do with this information, well, god
> help us; but even with the potential for reinforcing racist agendas, I
> don't see censorship as the answer.
> Not to be a fuss-budget, but I hope you haven't been teaching your
> students that Anatole France was named Anatole of France.
> Harriet Whitehead
> Anthropology
> Washington State University