Editorial for Some Thinking Scientists - content

Marc Andelman drgonfly at ultranet.com
Sat May 16 23:39:13 EST 1998

Material Fellow wrote:
> Putting the words "nit wit" in here detracted from your otherwise good
> sentence.  It can outrage me to see you _ruin_ a perfectly good thought
> by overdoing it.  
> Marc,......See if you can keep the possible dislike of University Profs
> and Administrators from being sprinkled throughout your paragraphs as
> "seasoning".  Not everybody likes hot pepper, and some will throw up on
> you if you give them hot pepper.  That way, everybody loses, nobody
> wins.
> Astalavista

You know, you are absolutely right.  As Mephistopheles in Faust advised
the young academic, trust to words, because you cannot detract one
iota from them.  Of course, being the devil, who is  liar, there
is a double truth to that, which is, verbage is meaningless unless
you have something succint to say.  As Faust himeself said,
if I do not both the German too badly

"Ist notig worten nachzujagen, wenn mann hat nichts zu sagen"?

I did however have something to say so ruined it by succumbing
to my desire to bash academics, however despicable they may be.

This issue of academic patents is possibly the most vital 
technology issue of our time . Besides your helpful
remaks, the lack of interst or comment other than React's, 
who is a couple cents short of a dollar, is appalling.
Everyone please read the May 1 Sience article.

Marc Andelman

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