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Re: Statement on behalf of our community on the Paris attacks

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Geeske Scholz <[log in to unmask]>

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Geeske Scholz <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 14:12:33 +0100

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Dear Wander and All,

I strongly support this. Thank you for the initiative.

Geeske Scholz


> > On 15 Nov 2015, at 10:15, Fabio Correa
<[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I think this message is both timely and a responsible thing to do;
thanks for this proposal. However, I respectfully beg you to consider 
the importance of all the lives that have been lost to terrorism this year.
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents,_2015
> >
> > About the text "The IS attacks on innocent citizens appear to be
aimed at undermining this tolerant culture by fuelling a polarisation 
process, setting up groups of people against each other," I beg to 
differ; I do not think IS has this particular aim. IS and other 
extremist muslim groups have the simpler aim to create a totally muslim 
world by killing or converting everyone they call infidels; they don't 
quite care about polarization or conflict: they aim for the extinction 
of every other group of people.
> >
> > With that in mind I would respectfully suggest the following text:> >
> > A flourishing global culture requires tolerance and the embracing
of diversity as important principles. Terrorist attacks have not just 
destroyed the lives of thousands of innocent citizens around the world, 
but they have also been undermining this tolerant culture by fuelling a 
polarisation process, setting up groups of people against each other. 
Rather than responding with violence, leading to a spiralling down to a 
repressive state, as scientists we believe that we should support 
critical thinking in areas of the world that are dominated by dogmatic 
and repressive powers. We prefer drones offering internet access over 
drones packed with with explosives. Better a bombardment with laptops 
than with rockets. Mind that lead is better used for printing than for 
bullets!>
> >
> > On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM, Jager, Wander
<[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> > Dear friends
> >
> > Usually we publish our ideas in scientific journals, but
considering the impact of the terrorist attacks on innocent citizens on 
our society, the attack on Paris as the most recent gruesome act, I 
think that we, being scientists addressing the dynamics of society, have 
a responsibility to address the general public more directly. A 
polarisation of society, resulting in conflict, seems to be the aim of 
these fear-inducing attacks. The more society at large is aware of this 
likely aim, the more a liberal and tolerant culture might be resilient 
to such attacks.> >
> > I propose publishing a statement on behalf of our scientific
community. The following tekst is a sightly adapted post I made on 
Facebook. It might serve as a start for a joint message, which should 
have tolerance and openness as key values for a global culture to strive 
for.
> >
> > A flourishing global culture requires tolerance and the embracing
of diversity as important principles. The IS attacks on innocent 
citizens appear to be aimed at undermining this tolerant culture by 
fuelling a polarisation process, setting up groups of people against 
each other. Rather than responding with violence, leading to a 
spiralling down to a repressive state, as scientists we believe that we 
should support critical thinking in areas dominated by dogmatic and 
repressive powers. We prefer drones offering internet access over drones 
packed with with explosives. Better a bombardment with laptops than with 
rockets. Mind that lead is better used for printing than for bullets!
> >
> >  If you support this message just let me know, and if you have some
suggestions for improving the tekst and for bringing this message out 
your input is valued very much.
> >
> > I hope to share a final tekst on Monday, which I want to circulate
on this list.
> >
> > Warm regards from concerned citizen.
> >
> > Wander Jager
> >
> >
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> > Fabio Correa (Fabio Andrés Correa Durán)
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> > Department of Anthropology<http://anth.umd.edu>, University of
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