Re: open discussion

John Glasscock (jglassco@UCS.INDIANA.EDU)
Wed, 2 Mar 1994 12:00:49 -0400

I am in complete accord with Zagarell on this issue of how
race/gender/ethnic biases have always negatively impacted non-whites.
If we take a moment to reflect on healthy ecosystems as a paradigm, we
would note that diversity is a measure of the robustness for the species
to accommodate changes in climate and other physical challenges. For
the human species to meet the challenges of an ethnically diverse
planet, it is important to ensure the expression of a multiplicity of
points-of-view that are vetted by rigor of methodology. After all, even
amongst Caucasian West European (and their derivatives) academicians
there is vigorous competition to differentiate oneself by devising
alternative explanatory schemes in an attempt to find a theory
accounting for the observed phenomena.

John Glasscock Ether_Dog^:>
Indiana University
100 N. Jefferson
Bloomington, IN 47408 tel: 812-336-0246

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On Wed, 2 Mar 1994 zagarell%LAB.CC.WMICH.EDU@UICVM.UIC.EDU wrote:
> John O'Brien argues..."political correctness"...
> ...Sometimes I like the
> orientations, sometimes I don't, but I don't fool myself into
> thinking that the research results are simply neutral. Irrelevant
> research foci?? Perhaps, but what is irrelevant to me may not be
> irrelevant to others. Perhaps grappling intellectually with those
> new points of view might make your anthropological life less boring.
> A.Zagarell