Darwin-L Message Log 4:66 (December 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<4:66>From coon@CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU  Fri Dec 17 07:24:14 1993

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1993 08:27:35 EST
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: RE: Scientifc American

I can only echo your statements.  I feel that we are up against the element
of trendiness here.  I recall several years ago a friend showed me an
article in Discover magazine which aledged that the distribution of
Algonkian languages followed the limits of glaciation.  Having just
attended the Algonkian conference in Chicago, I dashed off a letter
to the editor pointing out how silly the whole notion was.  They
"regretted that they did not have room to print all the letters
that they received" and no rebuttal was ever published to the best
of my knowledge.  And so it goes for the Renfrews and the Ruhlens of the
world.  Their ideas are hot and new.  The facts are 'boring and stuffy'
and not worthy of new pages in the popular press.
Roger (Brad) Coon            "Better to have one
COON@IPFWCVAX.BITNET          freedom too many,
COON@CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU    than to have one
                              too few."

Politically incorrect and proud of it.
Niquimictitoc inana Bambi.

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