Subject: Re: problem with delete
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/10/04
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Erik Naggum
| What are you really getting at?  This subthread got derailed because
| you made a claim that is just plain wrong.  Please ignore it, don't
| try to defend it, and get back to your real issue.

* Frode Vatvedt Fjeld <>
| When I make what I considered to be a trivial statement, and a handful
| of people claim it to be "just plain wrong", I have a hard time just
| ignoring it. I wasn't defending anything. I was trying to understand
| what you meant and hopefully learn something.

  The theory that you learn from doing something wrong and then being
  corrected is not quite supported by the evidence: it has some very
  restricted applications where it works well (such as in instruction
  where you might have missed something and thus the range of what you
  can reasonably do wrong is restricted), otherwise it doesn't work at
  all (such as trial and error, where there is no restriction to what
  you can do and how wrong it can be and why).

  That's why it's much more important to answer the question "What
  are/were you _really_ getting at?"

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.