Dream wrote:If you value this isolation and unaffectedness, why would you advocate a course of action that is almost certain to destroy it? It is naive to assume it could be different this time, as it seems that all previous occasions have ruined the contacted tribe's culture.
My bold. I think the burden of proof for an all encompassing claim is on you with this bud.
While I'm sure this comment will be taken wrongly, I'm going to venture it anyhow: Anthropologists have been observing primates in the wild for a long time without 'ruining' their culture.
Additionally, I'm sure there where TONS of ventures to 'isolated' tribes that were purely for curiosity sake, and involved more more then "Hey nice bowl, I like your woven skirt, this, oh this is a bracelet my father gave me, what's that, your father gave you a bracelet too? Lets trade!"
Just because missionaries HAVE foisted religion on tribes in the past doesn't mean they are ALL evil. Just because contact HAS resulted in a break down of the original culture does not mean it ALWAYS does.
I'm sure everyone's read Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card? The scientists speaking to the pequenos
where not doing anything novel, and they were doing a mostly good job (in the beginning of the book anyway) of learning from them without ruining their culture.
poxic wrote:If we kept track of how it was done and tried to improve our record, in a scientific manner, I'm not sure we'd get to perfection before all of our possible test cases were wiped out by the mumps.
You know, measles has been wiped out. Because a cross-infection is possible however, it doesn't strike me as a stretch to not only vaccinate the scientists doing the questioning, but to dope them with a high amount of antibiotics to kill anything off they may be carrying.
... with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.