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Re: the method of hypothesis and investigation (JG)

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  • Ian Hutchesson
    [Joe s diatribe omitted] ... Griffiths) ... Gosh Jeffrey, It s nice to have friends in high places! Ian
    Message 1 of 3 , May 2, 1999
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      [Joe's diatribe omitted]
      >
      >Joe and others,
      >
      >I sent the above to an orientalist at the University of Chicago (Paul
      Griffiths)
      >to see how well the claims made therein are accepted, and here is his reply:
      >
      >
      >> Sounds dubious to me. There are some birch-bark mss. from Kashmir, but
      >> they're all a lot later than 115. And if this is a part of a Purana, it's
      >> almost certainly later (though all this stuff is impossible to date). I've
      >> never heard of 'Sutta' (this is the Pali equivalent of 'sutra', by the
      >> way). I'd be suspicious of the whole thing.
      >>
      >Ball's in your court.

      Gosh Jeffrey,

      It's nice to have friends in high places!


      Ian
    • Jeffrey B. Gibson
      ... What? Don t you have any? Seriously, I m just lucky to know Dr. Griffiths well enough to run such things as Joe s post by him for his evaluation. But I
      Message 2 of 3 , May 2, 1999
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        Ian Hutchesson wrote:

        > [Joe's diatribe omitted]
        > >
        > >Joe and others,
        > >
        > >I sent the above to an orientalist at the University of Chicago (Paul
        > Griffiths)
        > >to see how well the claims made therein are accepted, and here is his reply:
        > >>
        > >> Sounds dubious to me. There are some birch-bark mss. from Kashmir, but
        > >> they're all a lot later than 115. And if this is a part of a Purana, it's
        > >> almost certainly later (though all this stuff is impossible to date). I've
        > >> never heard of 'Sutta' (this is the Pali equivalent of 'sutra', by the
        > >> way). I'd be suspicious of the whole thing.
        > >

        > Gosh Jeffrey,
        >
        > It's nice to have friends in high places!
        >

        What? Don't you have any? <g>

        Seriously, I'm just lucky to know Dr. Griffiths well enough to run such things as
        Joe's post by him for his evaluation. But I think we'd get the same response from
        almost any specialist in the scriptures and literature of the East, friend or not
        and in whatever place, don't you?

        Yours,

        Jeffrey
        --
        Jeffrey B. Gibson
        7423 N. Sheridan Road #2A
        Chicago, Illinois 60626
        e-mail jgibson000@...
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