Re: mutilation and ritual

John Pastore (bwplacar@CANCUN.RCE.COM.MX)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 16:08:00 -0700

Adrienne Dearmas wrote:
> In a message dated 96-07-11 01:08:35 EDT, ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU (mike shupp)
> writes:
> > Whatever the hell is going on here, "thinking" isn't it, I
> > conclude.

One of the biggest problems in science today is the biggest absurdity that exists: what
some scientists, often entrenched in influential positions, consider absurd, and worse,
the extent some will go to stifle (though I know that not to be Mike's intent)what they
consider absurd.

I have found the subject both valid and appealing for, basically, two reasons:

First, it shows a long-awaited objective for anthropology, which is to start expanding
anthropological studies to include more modern, and, possibly, more consequential,
cultural entities.

Perhaps Mike would have thought the subject valid if it pertained itself only to
pre-primitive-moderns for example.

Second, the subject, I believe, has generated one of the best written posts of the
summer, Holly Swyers piece on her informal observations.

Well, that's my 10 cents.