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I can't see his post here, but it's in my email. Ishmael apparently is accusing me of using a "tactic" of labling as stupid or ignorant
those who advocate one view or another in an intellectual controversy."

First of all, there is, at least in my mind, a world of difference between being stupid and being ignorant. I'm not happy about the way he is lumping them together, which then allows him to say I am calling people stupid, which I definitely am not doing.

Of course I didn't use the word ignorant either. I wrote about Harper's work being perhaps convincing to people who "know nothing about the subjects Harper covers". (I'm not calling Harper ignorant either

What in the world is wrong with people not knowing about a subject? (Ok, ignorant means the same thing, but it's much more emotive -- easier to use that word to bash people). There are many more subjects about which I know nothing then there are about which I know something.

Doug, who is ignorant about many things -- but not the subjects in Harper's book. And who has already posted comments about a number of 'orthodox positions' that Harper has described which would be unrecognisable to people in those fields, which I call strawmen in my post above. I don't plan to repeat myself over and over again.

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Subject Views Written By Posted
AOM: Inertia 194 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 141 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 105 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 108 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 154 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 165 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 121 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 142 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 99 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 164 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 84 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 121 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 195 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 118 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 901 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 232 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 147 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 172 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 107 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 198 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 92 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 119 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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