> Back on this less dangerous subject, it's hard not
> to be drawn in eitherway. I tend to read
> documents before I sign them and judge books only
> once I've read them. But I'm as biased as anyone,
> albeit on the minority side here.
Oh. Right. You’re “withholding judgement”, while being “as biased as anyone”. Doubtless you would downplay the obvious contradiction by claiming that your bias is a moderate one, motivated purely by a concern for fair play—so let’s review some recent examples of this moderately biased withholding of judgement:
“I suspect when Scott’s book comes out, and is read by people unlike Jason Nobody who do not have an axe to grind (as if he were ever going to backtrack on his ealier [sic] attack on Scott’s work) then you and Martin and many others on here will be a lot, lot, lot more perturbed than I could ever make you. ”
“This Vyse issue is central to your emotional core, and it’s about to be blown wide open again. The first salvo comes before the book is even available to the public, from an established critic of Scott’s work. You and Loveritis [sic] jump on that and hope the issue is closed, the debate shut down?”
A notable confusion of thought here. The “Vyse issue” is “about to be blown wide open” by what, exactly? A review? Surely the “first salvo” in the case is the book, if not Creighton’s alpha testing of its content on this and other boards? If this “first salvo” is a prelude to the issue being “blown wide open” (which is what you predict, while imputing the opposite “hope” to me), what are you complaining about?
“The first salvo has been fired in this battle, from the usual and predictable orthodox quarters. If that’s the worst this blogger can do, I think some big guns - like Mr Bauval - better wheel themselves out pretty quickly to try to rubbish Scott and suppress this dangerous book before anyone with an open mind gets a hold of it.”
Again the “first salvo”—and curious how you number Bauval among the enemy. The only other fringer I can think of who would do so is Scott.
“I can take it or leave it. You, on the other hand, can’t take it and won’t leave it, so I suggest you put your tin helmet on, gird your loins, grit your teeth and prepare for a long war.”
“Like Mr Stower, I wish you the best of luck in the coming war.”
> So, I'll keep my mouth shut from now till the book
> comes out. . . .
You will be very wise to do so. Some readers will already be wondering why occasional poster LonelyAngel has suddenly become so active and impassioned, when (as he tells us) he has no investment in the matter.