Since I am a fairly recently joined member of this list, encouraged to do so
by its moderator because I was  a member of Science for the People in the
1970s and understood this was a continuation of that organization, I am
wondering whether a debate over whether HIV causes AIDS is an appropriate
topic for this list. I would hope not, and I responded to Cohen and Campbell
because I was frankly stunned that a group started by real working
scientists like Lewontin, Beckwith, and Gould would entertain such nonsense.
But finding that regular posters to this list such as Cohen and Campbell
entertained such views, I felt compelled to respond to them for concern that
they might be leading members and lurkers astray. So seriously, to Martha or
anyone else on this list, I ask you to explain what topics are appropriate
and which are not. And if there are no such rules, but Martha is simply
expressing her personal opinion about the discussion, then I would like to
know that too. I would then know that those who don't like the discussions
that take place here have the choice to leave the list.


On 2/16/07, Martha Livingston <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Once again, Cohen, Campbell and Balter - with a little help from
> others - have bombarded the list with a discussion most of which
> belonged off-list.  In the last two days I've had to get through (by
> reading, or deleting) well over 40 posts.  Reminds me of a cartoon I
> have on my office wall, called "Philosophical Differences:"
> (Philosopher 1):  "You lack analytical rigor - and so does your
> mother."  (Philosopher 2):  "Oh yeah?  Well, deconstruct this,
> butthead."
> --
> Martha Livingston, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of Health and Society
> SUNY College at Old Westbury
> Box 210
> Old Westbury, New York 11568
> (516) 876-2748


Michael Balter
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