Jukka Laari jlaari at
Fri Aug 19 10:55:54 MDT 1994

On Fri, 19 Aug 1994, Doug Henwood wrote:

> I don't understand the point of this. The statistical apparatus issues
> reams and reams of numbers. They can't be consumed raw. You have to know
> how they're collected, what assumptions they involve, what
> interpretations they come with. Of course. But how can we understand
> social reality without them?

How people understood (their) social realities before?

If you say that they didn't, you underestimate them (in a matter of fact
you're insulting earlier generations).

If you say that they understood only partly, then I ask: was that, what
they understood, something non-sensical (kind of naive, 'untruthful

How, then, they succeeded with their (knowledge concerning their)
societies and institutions so well that modern world is the one which
seems to be in a total, chaotic mess (and not, say, medieval societies
whether in Europe or in Asia)?

[I'm not saying, that modern world is a mess, but I guess that for some
people it seems to be - religious fanatics etc?]

And finally, what if they really did understood everything relevant or
essential of their social realities?

Jukka Laari


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