[FoRK] Rules of thumb

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 08:20:35 PDT 2009

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 6:33 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:

> Jeff Bone wrote:
>> On Apr 6, 2009, at 12:23 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> ....
>> Jeff:
>> I have no patience for that kind of dissembling.  You are introducing
>> arbitrary complexity for no reason.  That's been your MO when defending
>> these oh-so-"nuanced" contrary positions.  In a nutshell, this is why you
>> went from being one of my favorite people to agree with --- because then you
>> didn't have to snow-job everything --- to one of the most exasperating
>> people to disagree with --- because you *do* snow-job in such cases, at
>> least with me.  I don't have a problem with people that disagree;  I merely
>> have a problem with people that disagree (a) without a good understanding of
>> why they are disagreeing, or (b) who attempt to blanket the weakness of
>> their argument in a smokescreen of irrelevant detail, unnecessary
>> complexity, and the trappings of pseudo-quantitative reasoning such as the
>> "formulae" (cough) you offer above.
> SDW:

> Complexity?  Dissembling?  I give such a summary to try to simplify and
> summarize all of the rhetoric, not that anyone will trudge through all of
> this.

Oh, I definitely will.  I and my friends tired of Jeff's Gordian arguments
many KB's ago and appreciate that you have the patience to carry on.


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