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Don Baccus dhogaza at
Wed Dec 2 18:50:46 EST 1998

In article <36650901.ED6882F2 at>,
Joseph Zorzin  <redoak at> wrote:

>"There is a straight-forward, easily understood formula for conducting
>fruitful debates here on this list, in meetings, or in personal
>conversations, and anywhere: confine the discussion to the substance of
>the questions and avoid pejorative comments about other participants.

If this were a true statement of the preconditions for fruitful
meetings or debate, physicists would still be politely discussing
the ether, geographers the flat earth, biologists the date of
creation ... well, you get the idea.  Informal academic debate is
often anything but polite and impersonal.  


- Don Baccus, Portland OR <dhogaza at>
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