Re: An Ass

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 21:32:40 -0500


John K. Clark, your defense is appreciated. Thank you.
However, this threatens to become a flame war. If you respond, please do so
off the list, as I am doing. I don't believe Mcelligott said anything that
would be taken seriously enough to require a response, particularly
considering your relative tenure as Extropians.

Thank you for pointing out that I used fighting words. This I noticed, albeit
too late. I consider myself lucky that I made that mistake over the Internet
rather than in person. I have a saying: I can make any mistake, as long as I
only make it once.

I suggest that *both* of you learn from this and not repeat my mistake.
Thank you.

Mcelligott should have quoted the crash-phrase rather than the tears-phrase
in his reply. A lot of people thought he was saying that sentimentality
would get me held upside-down over the toilet. It did seem like a bit of a
non-sequitur; I had no idea what he was talking about.

The part about being 18, I am responding to off the list.
(He's in trouble...)

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer:  Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
everything I think I know.