free will and randomness

Thu, 26 May 1994 14:28:57 EST

The head of the department of social anthropology at Cambridge has
done a nice bit of work relating `fractal' math to kinship and symbolism
in Papua . . . and Ralph Abraham (mathematician of fractal and chaos theory
reknown) happens to be quite sure that it does have something to do with
neurobiology, fluid turbulence et al . . .
The point I'm making is, since the issue being discussed is still being
debated by theoretical physcis, neurobiology, and social anthropology . . .
who are we to say that it is a closed issue prematurely. Opinion is one thing,
but open alternative theories and their interpretation are another.

John O'Brien