Social Evolution

John Mcreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Sun, 15 May 1994 09:54:27 JST

Tracy Brown writes,

"Why is it that people want to
argue for social evolution -- especially Western academics and politicians?
This, for me at least, is the most important question to ask, not whether
or not biological evolution is a good metaphor for social evolution."

Tracy, you don't like social evolution. Can you offer a reasonable alternative?
I'm serious about this, and here's the reason why. I identify around me an
increasing number of people who think that by raising questions like "Why
is it that people argue for X....." they have actually made some progress.
In this case, I'd have to ask, do youseriously mean to say that what you
think is important is an argument ad hominem instead of addressing the
relation between the theory and facts of the case?

John McCreery (JLM@TWICS)