Re: [Synoptic-L] Synoptic Constraints
- To: Synoptic
In Response, I Guess, to: Chuck Jones
CHUCK: What I would enjoy doing is have a conversation in which our word
counts were roughly equal,
BRUCE: Sounds great, Chuck. Now all we need is a Synoptic problem which can
be solved in one sentence. Let me know if you find one.
CHUCK: . . . and you were as interested in my perspectives as you are your
BRUCE: If anybody on this list has spent more of their own time on Chuck's
exciting new concept "Synoptic Constraints," alias "Synoptic Process," than
I have, let them raise their hand. It's hardly my fault that, when at last
tracked to its lair, that exciting new concept proved to be less than had
been initially hoped for it, or that it, once reduced to its essence, namely
the passage of time, it led as readily in my direction as in Chuck's. Or
maybe even a little more readily.
I haven't arrived at my present opinion on these things without considering
various suggestions and objections, including some presented on this list
over the years. If I like that much-studied and much-reconsidered opinion,
it is because it has proved, in practice, to have more explanatory virtues,
and fewer scenario shortcomings, than any alternate model of which I am
Thanks to a recent suggestion by Jack Kilmon, which I recognized as superior
to my own previous take on a particular word in Mark, my working
hypothetical model of Mark is (as near as I can tell) a little better right
now than it was a week ago. So it goes. If I can make an equivalent
statement next week, then this week will not have been a total loss either.
Which would be terrific.
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst