Re: A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies

J. R. Molloy (
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 10:16:20 -0800

Robert Owen wrote,
>I suspect I would very much like to comment on the developed thread, but
>first I ought to ask what it is about in the opinion of the various

Hi Bob,

As I see it, the thread moved from a discussion of the need for rigorous science in the study of societal evolution to one of debate concerning the role of ethics in human affairs.

Since I find both these topics interesting, it seemed appropriate to try to keep the threads going.

In my view, extropians/transhumanists need to continually re-emphasize the importance of real science over and above the philosophical musings of social commentators, because social commentary has a habit of tagging along with political agendas and people with axes to grind.

As for ethics, I think science _can_ clarify this miasma if researchers can overcome the politically correct aversion to the study of biology as it relates to human behavior and systems of belief.

Thanks for the follow-up.

Live long and prosper,

--J. R.