RE: Favorite NON-fiction  

Ruhlen, Rachel Louise (UMC-Student) RuhlenR at missouri.edu
Mon Jan 27 18:30:47 PST 2003

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gaertk at aol.com [mailto:Gaertk at aol.com] 
> Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 3:14 PM
> To: dragaera at dragaera.info
> Subject: Re: Favorite NON-fiction  
> In a message dated 1/27/2003 12:52:08 PM Eastern Standard 
> Time, Chris Olson - SunPS <Chrisf.Olson at Sun.COM> writes:
> >> >_____ - _Lies My Teacher Told Me_
> >> 
> >> This sort of thing exists?  When I read _Science of
> >> Discworld_ (by Pratchett, Stewart, and Cohen), they 
> >> discussed how school texts are full of "lies-to-students" 
> >> and why, but didn't have many examples or the true 
> >> explanations.
> >
> > Heh.  Yes, it does exist.  It's about history,
> > mostly, and covers the things that your teachers
> > never told you, and what they got wrong, and the
> > lies they flat-out told you.
> Eh, I'll pass then... there's nothing unusual in claiming 
> history texts are biased, etc....

It's a big women's lib thing too. I had an entire course on Women in Science, for example, which I guess was supposed to counter all the lies being told in the other courses. My personal pet peeve is that Watson & Crick discovered the structure of DNA. They stole it from Rosalind Franklin, who died young of ovarian cancer and so never had a chance to raise a big stink.

I know you weren't particularly curious about that but who am I to pass up the opportunity? :)