Re: Biting on McCreery's comment

Professor Robert Thornton (031RTHOR@MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA)
Sun, 21 May 1995 08:00:34 -0400

>From Erik Kassebaum's post on the value of team work in anthro, I get
the feeling that my remarks were somewhat misinterpreted. As I said
in another post, before reading Kassebaum's, it is the product as set
of ideas and their relations that the individual is best able, or
perhaps uniquely able, to produce. I did not mean that expereince
can not be acquired as a member of a team. That is obviously not
true. Experience-as-knowledge/knowledge-as-experience is obviously
acquired as part of a team or at least as a member of a social group,
society or network. It can not be otherwise. Making sense of that,
as opposed to just presenting data, is the work of the individual
mind. The central problem is that we often have little enough access
to our own minds, and none at all to the minds of others.

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