Re: GIBBERISH: what Arthur C Clarke told us

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 09:32:40 -0700 (PDT)

> >> Curious. I've always regarded that as the mating cry of the braindead.
> >> Damien Broderick
> >Thanks. That phrase has always disturbed me too, but I could never
> >quite put my finger on why. Now it's clear: it is used by those who
> >regard social interaction more highly than private intellectual
> >pursuits; perhaps because they lack confidence in their own abilities
> >and seek approval.
> <sigh> Go ahead, insult me. I can take it.

I did not insult you in any way, or make any personal comment, but I
will make one now: if you continue to assume that others are attacking
/you/ when they merely respond to your /ideas/ (as you have often
assumed of me, because our ideas often conflict), you will discourage
further exploration of those ideas.

> I beg to differ -- your thesis is anything but "clear". When I say it, I mean
> that the person I'm saying it to has lost sight of the importance of balance
> in life. Introspection alone cannot reveal reality -- you have to go look at
> it. And while reading and writing are valuable, people wrote the books and
> people read them, and words on paper cannot convey the richness of human
> experience and interaction....

Perhaps that's what /you/ meant--I can even believe you meant that
because I know you--but I still think that most uses of "you need to get
out more" are precisely as pegged: the mating call of the braindead,
used by people to mean "I have no idea what you're talking about or
why it's important; why aren't you talking about getting laid?" If I
wanted to tell someone that his amount of introspection as opposed to
direct experience of life is too much, I'd use a different phrase (though
I've never actually had occasion to do so, because most people I know
are not introspective enough).

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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