I just wonder how somebody might be so ridiculously anserine. The thread is
worth to be renamed as ''logical goat and sheep, and how harmful they are
for the cause of ontology''. (01)
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From: "Wacek Kusnierczyk" <Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] electric sheep (02)
> John F. Sowa wrote:
>> > Some progress has been made, though. Aristotle claimed
>> > -- according to Russell, as far as I know -- that women
>> > have fewer teeth than men.
>> Following is a review of a book about Aristotle's comments
>> on women (or females of any species):
>> Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.09.19
>> I would guess that he actually did the test, but the man he
>> examined happened to have fully developed wisdom teeth, but
>> the woman didn't.
>> You can find lots of very good examples as well as those
>> "howlers" in Aristotle's writings. Among the better ones
>> is his conclusion that sponges are animals, not plants.
>> An excellent example of experimental method is his study of
>> embryos -- by starting with 30 chicken eggs, breaking open
>> one each day, and describing how the embryo develops.
>> In any case, the primary role of philosophy is not to
>> accumulate facts and theories, as in science, but to develop
>> methods of conceptual analysis. For that purpose, it's hard
>> to find more instructive examples than the writings of Plato
>> and Aristotle.
> well, if aristotle's grounds to make the general claim that women have
> fewer teeth than men was an observation of *one* man (and at least one
> woman, i guess), then it is not the best example of how to do science.
> perhaps it is a good example of how philosophers do their work (i hope
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