Re: Anthropology and science

Robert Johnson (johnsorl@COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 7 Sep 1995 10:38:18 -0600

On Tue, 5 Sep 1995, Michael Thomas Carson wrote:

> Wow. Nick Coudran's points were great regarding anthropology as a
> science. I won't reproduce his entire message here, but I will pick up
> where he left off. He posed the question of what anthropologists could
> do to predict human behavior. The ability to predict is very likely
> linked to the ability to be a science. This is an excellent point,
> expanding upon the observation that research results must be repeatable
> in order to be verified.

Anthropologists who have engaged in military research have rarely
had the luxury of "repeatable" results, unless of course their's
is a campaign of sustainable terror. There has never been much
problem with verification of these results and their inclusion into
grey literature.

I am currently devoting an entire section in my series of essays
on anthropological complicity in warfare involving indigenous peoples
which will be published under the title

Robert Johnson