Lyle Burkhead (
Tue, 10 Dec 1996 15:47:08 -0500 (EST)

Eric Watt Forste writes,

> If you think the question of math people snooting it
> over humanities people is private business between you and me
> and not an extremely common and general phenomenon on the list,
> well, you're wrong.

How about some examples of this? Far from being a common and
general phenomenon, I don't think it happens at all.

In any case, I am much more of a humanities person than a math
person. It has been a long time since mathematics was my main

> If you don't think that words (and setting an example)
> have a physical, causal effect on human brains,
> and if you don't think that it is human brains
> (all six billion of them) that run the world, ...

I don't deny for a minute that words have effects on brains, nor that
brains "run the world" (although both these statements need to be
qualified). The question is what kind of causality is involved here.
I'm driving at something.

> You are the one who brought private business onto the list,
> in the paragraph I've quoted above.

Well, a pattern seems to be developing, in which I write a private
message which hurts your feelings, and the next day you make a
comment on the list about my having no sense of humor, or not
understanding rhetoric -- comments which are at most tangentially
relevant to what I said on the list, but very relevant to what I said to you

> I'd like an apology.

Slave boys get no apologies. <g>

> Believe it or not, Lyle, you are not the center of the universe.

Not yet. <evil g>