Criticism depth, was Re: Homework...

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2001 - 00:21:03 MST

John Marlow wrote:
> Yah. I find it interesting that the thing apparently
> (going by c-date) wasn't written until April 2000. It
> takes Joy screaming the sky is falling to get them to
> think about this? Or just to make it public?

It shouldn't take more than a few minutes of reflection to realize that
a copyright date only refers to publication. I have no idea how long
Robert was cooking this up. Why don't you ask him? Some people take
decades before they publish. It all depends.

My guess is that Mr. Joy's media attention certainly had some effect on
completion and publication.

> You want criticisms? I'll give you two: "Ecophagy."
> "Biovorous."

OK, so you don't like Freitas having a penchant for neologisms. Hardly a
fundamental flaw in the work, it seems to me. The title was already
really long.

The issue of what countermeasures would work after notice of the problem
is definitely worth further exploration. Why don't you work up something
for publication?

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