> I am fully in favor of explaining things to novices, but
> not *arguing* the basics with them.
Might this be a bad idea? Do you want people that just accept, no thought? The fact that they are old ideas does not make them 100% correct and valid.....Plus, debate on the basics helps to clear up misconceptions at this level....misconceptions which would be greatly increased if debate on the basics was made out of bounds.........
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