Hello:
I'm not a member of the Extropian List but I am an associate of John K Clark
and I've been looking over his shoulder when he posted some really stupid
things. He just left his office for lunch but he made the mistake of leaving
his computer on, he's such a dope, so I figured this is the perfect
opportunity to set the record straight and send a message to the list.
Mr. Clark would probably fire me if he knew about this so please keep it
under your hat.
Let A = the original and let B = the copy
Let's assume that Mr. Clark is correct and the original is the same as the copy, then:
Multiply both sides by A and you have
Now add A^2 -2*a*B to both sides
A^2 + A^2 -2*a*B = A*B + A^2 -2*A*B
Using basic algebra this can be simplified to
Now just divide both sides by A^2 -A*B and we get
2 = 1
The conclusion is absurd so the assumption can not be correct, the copy is not the same as the original and Mr. Clark does not know his ass from a hole in the ground.
Dr. Livingston I Presume presume@foobar.net