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Darwin-L Message Log 3:10 (November 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<3:10>From buchignani@hg.uleth.ca  Tue Nov  2 07:52:42 1993

Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1993 06:59:51 MST
From: Norman Buchignani <buchignani@hg.uleth.ca>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: RE: sj gould's popular work

I've used the M of M in anthro courses on race relations. Students were in fact
far TOO willing to go with Gould's arguments here; perhaps they unconsciously
were seduced by the chief weakness of this particular book: Gould's reflection
of modern uncritical assumptions about historical racial attitudes into
putative history (of course, they would be racist, etc.). Ditto the ideology
of scientific progress (of course they would be naive..). As this book is
really rotten history, esp. of intellectual views of human variation,
I dropped it.

Norman Buchignani

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