[extropy-chat] Role of Observer is not Relevant

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Tue Apr 3 17:49:09 UTC 2007

On 3/29/07, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com> wrote:

> By the way, was that a test?   I could see the word "fnord"
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fnord .  But knowing you, there
> was probably something even more subtle underfoot  :-)
> Or---this would be a gas---you might have suspected that
> I was skimming your writing so fast that I'd miss that word!

Lee, it was a friendly poke at you for leaving out a key portion of my
statement that didn't fit your conception of my argument, it was a
check to see whether you really were paying enough attention to catch
it (and possibly give you a chuckle), it was a bit of entertaining
nostalgia for those who recall the term, and it was a self-referential
joke about the biased, subjective nature of perception which was the
topic of the discussion.

I'm going to back out of this discussion for a while because I'm
noticing (once again) that my expectations for effective sharing of
understanding are again outstripping the limited capabilities of this
medium, and my ineffective attempts to pack layers of thought into
such limited space to the exclusion of social niceties are likely to
create more heat than light.

- Jef

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