I'd rather be reading quantum physics, but...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lee Corbin"
Subject: Challenging the Basic Assumptions
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 18:53:34 -0700
> aet writes
> > Jesse [writes] > but hey, this list is all about rambling speculations
> > about
> > > half-formed ideas that probably won't pan out to anything,
> > > you could just as easily level the same accusation against
> > > anyone here.
> Well, a number of us are under the impression that we are being
> very real, and actually very concrete. Also, a number of us
> consider ourselves to be dyed-in-the-wool skeptics.
> All speculations need to be challenged. Without criticism,
> no idea has passed the test. Every time one criticizes someone's
> idea, he or she is doing them a big favor.
> > "Rambling speculations about half-formed ideas that probably
> > won't pan out to anything" is a good description of talking
> > to hear ones-self talk. If it's not going to pan out anyway,
> > then it's pretty meaningless.
> Yes, but we don't know until we try.
Usually, from what I've seen, there seems to be an attitude of not trying. And
I'm only quoting Jesse.
>Actually, my hat is off
> to those who'll spend the time to work out theories. They know
> that the chance is one in a million that it'll be *their*
> theory that is the new paradigm. But they try anyway, and
> I want to know about it.
I'll let you know when my book is out.
> > The only reason I won't quit the list for now is that, once
> > and a while, somebody actually says something interesting that's
> > worth taking note of. I'll just let all the rambling comments
> > about areas that I actually work in, slide from here on out -
> > since now it's official that the standard here is half-formed
> > ideas that won't pan out.
> Well :-) of course, everyone hopes his ideas will pan out.
> But since you are *so* skeptical (which is good), why don't you
> try to pin down people's outrageous statements. (I know, you
> have already been trying, to some degree.) The burden of proof
> is on *them*, remember.
I'm not really "skeptical", just have a low tolerance for obvious of b.s. But
in the end, I don't care what people think.
> Be patient. Be nice. And perhaps most important of all, be
> redundant. That is, to eliminate confusion ask a question
> at least twice, but in different ways.
Unfortunately, my heavy work load leads me to not want to have to do that. It
makes posts inordinately long winded.
> (I just made that point redundantly, and I think that most people
> appreciate this when it's done.)
I didn't know this was the little yellow bus crowd. I'll have to keep that in
mind. Like, I didn't know the list was frequented by the kids that ride the
little yellow bus to school, so I'll remember that, next time I write
> Keep up your good work! People here may learn something, and
> so may you.
I could only hope. In both cases of course. Meaning the little yellow bus
people learn something, and me too.
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