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Darwin-L Message Log 5:6 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:6>From BOTCFNR@vm.uni-c.dk  Mon Jan  3 18:05:41 1994

Date: Tue, 04 Jan 94 01:04:42 DNT
From: Finn N Rasmussen <BOTCFNR@vm.uni-c.dk>
Subject: Linguistics controversy
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

 -- The recent controversy over Greenberg/Renfrew has pushed some
writers to compare the controversial views with cold fusion and creationism.
I wonder if this is really really relevant, after all?
Cold fusion is not a historical event that may or may not have happened.
If it can't be repeated, nobody will believe it EVER happened. Creationism
can hardly be referred to as a historical theory either, it is at best a
religious doctrine, but most often just a kind of entertainment like UFOs,
reincarnation, Elvis-seen-in-outer-space and similar stuff. One should
think that the linguistic theories in question were meant to do more than
just entertain.
                  Finn N Rasmussen, Botanical Laboratory, Univ. of Copen-
                  hagen, Denmark (botcfnr at vm.uni-c.dk)

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