socialism and science

m.lepore at m.lepore at
Tue Jun 13 17:06:00 MDT 1995

 Reply to Lisa --
 Classification itself doesn't _directly_ explain things but can indicate a
common history.  For example, structural similarities between a human arm
and a bat's wing - both animals being mammals with a common ancestor.  Or
birds having descended from reptiles - both have hard-shelled eggs.  So
classification seems to indicate either (1) a tremendous amount of
coincidence; or (2) creation by a god who has some sort of preference that
mammals should have limbs based on what physicists call third-class levers,
or (3) a multi-branched descent from common ancestors.  Modern science goes
with option (3).  I wonder if social science can learn something from that
experience ....
       Mike Lepore   m.lepore at   mlepore at

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