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Re: Anthropology Of Searching For Aliens

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:29:14 +0000
Archived: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 05:33:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Anthropology Of Searching For Aliens

>From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 14:07:28 -0700
>Subject: Anthropology Of Searching For Aliens

>Interesting article/interview regarding ET/SETI, etc.



>April 4, 2012

>Q&A: The Anthropology Of Searching For Aliens
>By Adam Mann

>Before we can understand an alien civilization, it might be
>useful to understand our own.


>So when I hear that standard model of Columbus or Cortez,
>frankly I want to roll my eyes. For example [Steven] Hawking
>says - interminably and repeatedly - that when Columbus showed
>up in the Americas, well, that didn't turn out very well for the
>Native Americans. And therefore we should similarly be worried
>about trying to attract the attention of an alien civilization.
>The problem is that it tends to misrepresent Earth's history.
>These stories get invoked in models of contact with an alien
>society, but it's a biased retelling of Earth's history and it's
>usually not a very good one.

>The underlying narrative there is that it went poorly for the
>Native Americans because they were the inferior civilization.
>And, by extension, it would go poorly for us because the other
>party would be the superior civilization. But that simply wasn't
>the case for the Native Americans.

>One of the reasons I do the work I do is to try and have people
>get the history a little bit straighter.


Geez, I would hope that when (and if) we humans go forth into
the universe, we send people who are not racists.

I always cringe when I heard this argument. (Point of
disclosure: I studied anthropology at the Univ. of Marquette,
Milwaukee, WI) That is, from the white european view of having
the biggest guns means the 'conquering individuals' are
superior. The lady anthropologist forgets that there were
battles where the 'natives' won with their superior abilities of
stealth and cunning. The problem in American history is that it
was written by white europeans who wanted to suppress the
'natives', steal the land, resources and rape the women, put the
'native' children in schools to 're-educate' them in the ways of
the white europeans.

To my mind, Ms. Demming presents an overly simplified version of
human history. Yes, yes, I understand she attempting to sell her
agenda. However, I get to counter that agenda with a very
different viewpoint. That would be as a member of the 'inferior
native population'. The rest of my comment would be very simple,
but I know Errol frowns on the use of common street language.


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