Re: Information from nothing.

From: george murphy (
Date: Fri May 10 2002 - 07:17:12 EDT

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    Allen Roy wrote:

    > From: "george murphy" <>
    > > I see no justification for posting second hand derogatory comments
    > > of this sort here. I don't know whether your cryptic "=anonymously" means
    > > that you didn't tell him who Howard Van Till was or that (as is the case)
    > > your friend remains anonymous. If the latter then this is subject to the
    > > same condemnation as most anonymous letters. If the former, then you
    > could
    > > have saved a lot of trouble by noting that the source of the comments is
    > an
    > > astrophysicist who is certainly familiar with elementary mathematical
    > > concepts.
    > >
    > It is anonymous both ways.
    > When people make derogatory statements like Van Till did it doesn't matter
    > his 'qualifications.' Statements must stand for themselves and not
    > according to one's position of authority.
    > Only those who fall for the false logic of appealing to authority would be
    > cowed into submission by the notation of qualification.

             Wrong. Howard made some general criticisms of a book. Your anonymous
    correspondent did not respond to those criticisms but only made snide remarks
    about the critic, a sufficient reply to which on my part was to point out the
    critic's credentials.

    George Murphy

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