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Tone and substance was Re: dino branding
I strongly object to the obscene lanquage and offensive tone being
used by firstname.lastname@example.org concerning a very serious
topic. I do not feel it is appropriate for him to be allowed to
contribute further on this discussion.
So you believe in all seriousness that tone is more important than
Yes, Heinrich has been direct throughout this discussion. Yes, the
metaphor he used a few hours ago is more exaggerating and more insulting
than the (obviously, IMNSHO) intended reductio ad absurdum would have
had to be. And finally, to forward private messages to the list without
permission, as he has done, is nothing short of evil.
I -- just -- don't -- fucking -- see how this makes his arguments
evaporate. You act as if he hadn't made any, but you know full well
that's not the case. It reflects very badly on you as a scientist that
you don't reply to his arguments -- while you say yourself that the
topic is "very serious"! For instance, which of your illustrations are
art, which are science, which are both, and which are one or the other
under which conditions? Heinrich asked that, and you never answered.
If you don't like the tone, why don't you just ignore it? That's what I
do. (I don't like all of your discussion style either, but that's just
You've been to SVP meetings -- surely you aren't culture-shocked or
something by having fallen among the scientists?