I'd rather be reading quantum physics, but...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lee Corbin" 
To: everything-list@eskimo.com 
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. 
> aet: 
> > "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 
something, here...again.

> Keep up your good work! People here may learn something, and 
> so may you. 
> Lee

I could only hope. In both cases of course. Meaning the little yellow bus 
people learn something, and me too. 

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