Re: Modifying the Body

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Sun, 21 Jul 1996 08:04:51 -0700

On Sun, 21 Jul 1996, Tibor Benke wrote:

> This topic is a perenial one on this list. Seems to me the problem is not
> with cultural/social anthropology or biology, but with the refusal of
> biology as a science to admit that it is socially constructed and projects
> aspects of the social structure onto 'nature', I think the problem will be
> resolved when due consideration is given in the 'hard' sciences to their
> own fallibility. In short, if some social anthropoogists are unwilling to
> rely on the ideas we get from the Darwinian paradigm, it maybe that they
> are not stubborn, merely cautious. It may behoove the more socio-biology
> oriented collegues to pay some attention to the sociology of knowledge and
> seriously weigh its implications.

Nothing personal, but the hard sciences are very very real. If
social anthropologists are unwilling to make use of Darwinian
ideas, we ought to turn to the sociology of knowledge and focus
on _them_.

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge