Re: ANTHRO-L Digest - 25 Oct 1995 to 26 Oct 1995

Sat, 28 Oct 1995 19:49:30 -0400

In article <>, James Murphy <jmurphy@MAGNUS.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU> writes:
>> In a message dated 95-10-27 00:12:50 EDT, Matthew Hill wrote:
>> >The poor beast seems to have had a most unfortunate upbringing in the
>> >home of a psychotherapist...
> which prompts the following plea from Marie Papachatzis:
>> Please, don't use the term "beast" to refer to chimps. They have much more in
>> common with humans than most of us think...
> which prompts the effort of James Murphy:
> My dictionary says "beast 1a: a living creature: animal as distinguished from
> plant 1b: any lower animal as distinguished on the one hand from man."
> I personally find your attempt to rewrite definitions, however
> well-intentioned, misguided and more offensive that Matthew Hill's accepted
> usage of the word "beast."
>My response:
>I like chimps, but I am so glad that God made them so different from
humans so that no one can confuse beast from man.

Nihil Theodore
Drew University Student
Psychobiology Major
Biochemistry Minor
Classical Studies Minor