Re: Re:virus: Re: virus-digest V3 #51

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 01:51:32 -0800

Reed wrote:
>>No one has an unbiased perspective, which is why
>>we should do our best to unify across the divides.

Joe wrote:
>This makes logical sense, in that intersubjective perspectives
>get to contrast and compare for internal consistency and
>external coherency, thus ending up mure complete and less
>error-prone than purely subjective ones

Joe, can you see the difference between these two examples? Yours is logically correct and says much the same thing as Reed's does, but yours uses more words to say less. Such writing will never inspire anyone to step outside themselves or to try something that might otherwise seem impossible to them. Yet Reed's might, if he set his mind to it.

Can you see how, in this realm of interpersonal communication at least, a love of logic and rationality can serve as both a leg-up and a stumbling block at the same time?

What kind of poetry do you write, anyway?

-Prof. Tim