Comment from: larry [Visitor]
This is ridiculous! Science is a process, not a collection of facts! Aboriginal knowledge is not science because it doesn’t share the genesis of all that qualifies as real science!
Comment from: [Member]
Larry´s got a point there: It´s a matter of definition. Aboriginal knowledge is not science in the modern occidental meaning.
But, we should not forget that the discourses that we call science nowadays started off as a collection of encyclopediaedic knowledge and changed its self-conception gradually until nowadays. What´s science or not depends on what you comprehend as science and diachronically seen, science has been many a thing since the middle ages. But a scientist acting in the current scientifical discourse cannot speak of aboriginal knowledge as science as similar to his own. That doeasn´t mean, that it´s “less” or “more profane". That this knowledge is precious is obvious. But you can´t to compare apples and oranges.