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Wed Aug 4 13:50:59 EST 1993

I am a graduate student and a newcomer to e-mail and the BIONEWS
> (i.e. I'm not sure I am even sending this correctly...but, I'll try
> anyway).  I have found much of the discussion interesting and productive
> minus the personal attacks and the inflammatory word choices, and I wish
> to comment on Dave Adler's response to article
> <23c45cINN8m1 at minerva.cis.yale.edu> by asking a question:
> Does it make sense to eliminate or combat discrimination by discriminating?
> What I mean is:  isn't it more productive to "not notice the sex ratio" or
> any ratio for that matter?
> I believe that paper selection, job selection should be based on merits
> regardless of background, name, gender, ethnic, or cultural background.
> To clarify what I'm suggesting further, selection processes should be a
> blind process in which quality and contribution are emphasized over an
> individuals "prominence."  If only 3 people of one particular background
> present (i.e. gender-male or female) out of 30 presentations than so be it-as
> long as quality papers are chosen.  How else can science progress?
I would
> be disappointed to go to a conference or a meeting in which a number of
> poor papers were presented in order to maintain a qouta system.  It's a
> conundrum of sorts.  Discrimination exists, but to try and eliminate it by
> discriminating, is like exposing oneself to a lethal disease to dispell a
> lethal disease.
>Adam Porth
Idaho State University
Campus Box 8007
Pocatello, ID  83209

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