He's making a huge assumption: that the reader understands that this is an Isaac
Asimov-level primer to a science, not a deep, technical textbook.
"John W. Redelfs" wrote:
> At 12:40 PM, Saturday, 11/2/02, Marc A. Schindler wrote:
> >That would be appropriate for a technical text, but Diamond's book was
> >meant as
> >an introduction for a lay audience. The scope of what he discusses is too
> >for this kind of approach -- there would simply be too many footnotes.
> >That's why
> >authors who find themselves in this situation give recommended reading
> >lists so
> >people can zero in on areas of interest and do further research. Our RS/PH
> >manuals use footnotes because they are explicitly teaching from the
> >teachings of
> >an individual. Diamond isn't doing that -- he's painting with a much broader
> >brush. If you are uncomfortable with his conclusions, check out the
> >reading and do further reading to see if he's talking through his hat or not.
> I am actually enjoying the book quite a lot. Most of it makes assumptions
> that I think are false, but for some reason that doesn't really detract
> from my enjoyment. I do think that
> Diamond is making an awful lot of assumptions, so many that the whole book
> seems like one big assumption. At least half the book is stuff that
> Diamond couldn't possibly know. Where is the line between fiction and
> nonfiction? I think he really comes close to that line.
> John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> "It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to
> laugh at that man." --Jack Handy
> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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