Re: poly: Stress-induced cultural dysfunction (was Angola)

From: Carl Feynman <>
Date: Wed Apr 08 1998 - 14:23:48 PDT

At 02:21 PM 4/8/98 -0700, D. Brin wrote:
>Carl and James were talking at odds in discussing whether a culture can be
>looked a from the outside and labelled disfunctional, and if so whether
>that might justify outside intervention.

Just to clarify my position-- this is actually two questions. Question 1:
"whether a culture can be looked a from the outside and labelled
disfunctional", to which I think the answer can in some cases be 'yes';
hence the calm scientific part of my message. Question 2: "whether that
might justify outside intervention", to which the answer is almost always
'no', hence my rant.

Received on Wed Apr 8 21:27:46 1998

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