finding the truth

Greg Schofield gschofield at
Sat May 12 21:06:12 MDT 2001

Here! Here!

100% agreement in this and we do need to cut out a lot more static than is
sometimes the case now. This contribution deserves serious and open replies
- clarity in discussions is a political question that needs to be redressed
more than is always the case now.

Greg Schofield
Perth Australia

At 09:09  12/05/01 -0400, you wrote:
>posting messages is a strange sort of activity. If I begin a discussion, I
>am addressing the community of list members. if I am responding to a
>question someone else has posted, I am addressing that person, but the rest
>of the community gets to hear what we are talking about. this relationship
>confuses common notions about the separation between private and public. if
>I don't like what someone else has said, I can try to convince them of my
>point of view, and if I am criticized by someone on the list, I may get
>defensive and try to prove them wrong. my point here is that we all learn
>through participation in a collective discourse. sometimes people may just
>be wrong. however, knowledge comes about through an exchange. one person
>says something, and the next takes it to the next level. this is what I
>would call a dialogue. now, in reality, things don't always work this well.
>people sometimes talk at cross purposes. the result is noise or distortion.
>and as we all know, some of us are not always perfectly rational in our
>discourse. we become frustrated or impatient with the Other.

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