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Re: how does one...? was Re: JVP 27(1)
Steve Walsh wrote:
I feel it is a mistake and unfair to write Cliff off as "defensive".
So do I. Nevertheless, his recent posts allude to circumstances beyond the
scope of the list (sculpturing projects, his treatment on another mailing
list, etc), and which had nothing to do with me. I'm not sure I believe
that Cliff's original post was good-natured and "tongue-in-cheek"? I read
his tone as defensive and disgruntled; he came out swinging.
This thread began because of my use of the word "infamous" to describe the
DMJ volume. Believe me, that pales in comparison to some of the comments
made previously on this list, and doesn't even come close to the comments
I've heard outside of this list. It just so happens that many of the
assertions and interpretations made in this volume have been refuted. This
is not an attack on the author(s) of this volume. But the entire point of
proposing a hypothesis is to test it; and some of the hypotheses that were
advanced in the DMJ volume have not held up to further scrutiny. That's how
science is supposed to work.
While as Erik says this list may not be the place to expect "earnest TLC"
those who do contribute in good faith should always be treated with
courtesy and respect.
Agreed. However, I think the DML Administrators do a good job to ensure
that the tone and language of this list remains courteous and respectful.
(Some listmembers have been removed when they failed to uphold this
standard.) That doesn't mean that everybody has to agree with one another.
When opinions are exchanged, sometimes feelings are hurt and egos are
bruised. I'm probably more wrong than right on this list - but I find being
told why I might be wrong to be a productive learning experience. If this
means that sometimes I feel foolish, then so be it. Life goes on.
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