Re: Anthropology and science

Nick Corduan (nickc@IQUEST.NET)
Thu, 7 Sep 1995 15:20:50 -0500


> Wow. Nick Coudran's points were great regarding anthropology as a

Thank you, sir. :)

> behavior. One concern is how general a prediction can be.

This is actually a good point, because some people -- and I am undecided on
this issue, myself -- are of the opinion that "real science" must be useful
in some fashion. (I don't mean utilitarian. I mean that the statements must
be of some use or application. For instance, some might debate whether a
layman's version of gravity -- What goes up must come down -- is at all
useful, and if not, they'd argue that it is no longer science.)

There is also a danger inherent in being generalistic that you will lose track
of usefulness. (And also the risk of redundancy is greater, which also
reduces usefullnes. For instance, a modern scientist of physics writing up a
paper based on the idea that "What goes up must come down" -- which isn't
necessarioly true, of course <g> -- would not be entirley useful, simply
because it's an old theme.)

> question itself. I'd like to hear more from other people on this

Hope that doesn't mean you're sick of hearing from me on it. <g>


Nick Corduan "...there is as much dignity in tilling
at a field as in writing a poem."
( --Booker T. Washington