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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 311 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 208 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 145 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 147 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 188 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 204 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 176 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 188 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 156 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 201 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 116 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 164 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 225 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 167 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 1178 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 311 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 199 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 231 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 171 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 272 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 142 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 162 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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