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Darwin-L Message Log 5:36 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<5:36>From TREMONT%UCSFVM.BITNET@KU9000.CC.UKANS.EDU  Sat Jan  8 10:55:20 1994

Date: Sat, 08 Jan 1994 07:08:13 -0800 (PST)
From: "Elihu M. Gerson" <TREMONT%UCSFVM.BITNET@KU9000.CC.UKANS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Greenberg and other controversial beliefs
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

I posted a message a couple of days ago in repsonse to V. Golla's
question about what non-linguists would like to see in an article
discussing the theories of Greenberg, Refrew, etc.

My suggestion was that arguments against their theories concentrate on
evidence and logic (whether of theirs or a competing theory's) and
refrain from ad hominem attacks, including calling people "creationists"
or slobs, or dismissing them as lucky even if they are right, and so
on and on.

The tendency to rely on ad hominem argument seems to be broadening
and accelerating on Darwin-L. That's really too bad.

Elihu M. Gerson
Tremont Research Institute
458 29 Street
San Francisco, CA 94131
415-285-7837  tremont@ucsfvm.ucsf.edu

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