Re: Brin-l Digest, Vol 194, Issue 20
- Y'know, there's a very handy logical fallacy here, Gautam, (I hope we can agree that logic is still valid despite its intellectual-ness and inherent snobbery? Because if we can't, we'll have a serious world-view clash). What was it called again? Oh yeah: False Appeal to Authority! Which is to say, along the lines of : ' I run heedlessly into danger, jump out of planes for fun, and in short, seem to have a death wish! So nobody better question my views, because everybody knows that what a coward says simply can't be trusted! ' The truth of something has no relationship to who saysit. And as for snobbery, which this whole thing really seems to hinge upon, let's everybody remember: 'Snobbery' is a loaded word, one freighted with considereable vituperation and unpleasantness. Frankly, snobbery is a good thing- I usually call it taste, or good judgement. I am hopelessly snobbish about the food I eat, the results I hope to get from a
calculator, about having the sun rise in the morning... But that's just me. I note that very few people seem to prefer the stuff of the masses, what you get when you subtract the good stuff.
From: Gautam Mukunda
Subject: Re: Brin: some thoughts and quotes.
To: Killer Bs Discussion
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--- David Brin wrote:
> Go to hell. You are a snob and a coward.A coward? This from you who (oh so conveniently)
decided that a war was unjust as soon as it might risk
his own precious skin? I have _twice_ volunteered to
serve my country in war. I have jumped _out_ of an
airplane for fun and _into_ a car to save the life of
a complete stranger. And a snob? Don't make me
laugh. I'm not the one ranting about NASCAR. Please.
I'm not even offended. I'd have to take you
seriously to be offended.
I don't know what you're compensating for, and I don't
care, but whatever issues you might be trying to
resolve, I am not someone you can work them out on.
Pick someone who is likely to be scared by ranting.
It's not me. And that is the end of this discussion
since - as usual - you have managed to make personal
attacks with astonishing speed.
"Freedom is not free"
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- At 07:28 PM 9/19/2004 -0700 Maru wrote:
>Y'know, there's a very handy logical fallacy here, Gautam, (I hope we can
>that logic is still valid despite its intellectual-ness and inherentsnobbery?
>Because if we can't, we'll have a serious world-view clash). What was it[snip]
> called again? Oh yeah: False Appeal to Authority!
> And as for snobbery, which this whole thing really seems to hinge upon,Actually, the whole thing was about cowardice - something that you have
just amply demonstrated.
P.S. Note to Admins... does the phrase "Brin-L Digest" trigger Dr. Brin's
mail filter, or do we need to alter that?
John D. Giorgis - jxg9@...
"The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world,
it is God's gift to humanity." - George W. Bush 1/29/03
- John D. Giorgis wrote:
> P.S. Note to Admins... does the phrase "Brin-L Digest" trigger Dr. Brin'sIt doesn't... to pass the filter, there has to be a colon after "Brin"
> mail filter, or do we need to alter that?
in the subject.