Constitutional Longevity. Was Religiosity...

Dhlazare at Dhlazare at
Wed Jun 17 11:54:08 PDT 1998

One (small) point in your favor. Obviously, I was referring to the modern era. Human history before that abounds in catastrophic massacres...

Dan Lazare <<


Your statement about Tasmania is fairly ridiculous on

several counts:

1) Lots of other groups in world history have been

wiped out systematically.

2) Arguably the Tasmanians were not totally wiped

out as some mixed-race folks survived (offspring, no

doubt, of rapes by the invaders). An analogy can be made

to the Picts in Scotland whose language was wiped out in

the ninth century at a time, immediately after major Viking

incursions, that Gaelic invaders killed most of the men and

raped most of the women, thereby creating the modern

Scottish. Similar outcomes have occurred with numerous

American Indian tribes, some of whom did not even get this

degree of survival but were totally wiped out (see _Ishi_).

3) Although catastrophic, the numbers involved were

relatively small in comparison to the genocides attempted

against the Jews and the Armenians in the modern era.

Barkley Rosser >>

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