Re: Laughter, the orthogonal medicine

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 17:40:50 MDT

Damien Broderick <>:
>Yep, that's true. I'm *always* getting foul looks because of my indiscreet
>and insensitive seize-every-chance jests. And I've fallen into a very bad
>habit of mimicking crass or racist terminology, in what I intend as a
>parodic or undermining way but often gets taken as evidence of my own

I've been having this problem lately, sometimes even on this list. I
use sarcasm or exaggeration to demonstrate the unexpected
consequences of a particular claim. I think my point is made, but
instead find that people took my point seriously.

(And thus, I have explained away any previous unwise statements I
might have made.... Oops! There I go again! This was a joke!)

Harvey Newstrom <>
IBM Certified Senior Security Consultant and Legal Hacker.
Engineer, Research Scientist, Public Speaker and Author.
Extropy Institute Benefactor since the last millennium.

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