[ExI] Meta question

spike spike66 at att.net
Fri Aug 19 00:47:28 UTC 2016

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From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf
Of Keith Henson
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 5:42 PM
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Subject: Re: [ExI] Meta question

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 4:53 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>>... Keith why do you suppose Dawkins got such a wire-brushing over Selfish
> His notions in there make perfect sense to me.

>...But to respond to your question, I really don't know.


I think there is a kind of cool contempt for those who explain concepts to
non-experts or those outside the field.  But I disagree with that attitude.
The ability to explain things to non-experts is as valuable (if not more so
in a way) as the discovery itself.  Dawkins is terrific explainer, as is
Stephen Jay Gould (ducks for cover) as is Isaac Asimov, as is Carl Sagan.
Most of us are smart non-experts in most fields, even the rare polymaths
among us.  The explainers down to our proletariat level are doing important
work.  I love em.


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