Subject: Re: On nil qua false [was: Re: On conditionals]
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 07:39:54 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Andreas Bogk
| I'd dispute that. Re-analyzing the the Axiom of Parallels in geometry
| resulted in the development of non-Euclidean geometry, which was a
| tremendous success.

  Did anything happen to Euclidean geometry because of this re-evaluation?

  Or did the development of non-Euclidean geometries prove useful in ways
  that did not impact the remainder of Euclid's The Elements _at_all_?  Was
  it not one of the amazingly interesting features of non-Euclidean
  geometry that it did _not_ contradict or have a stupid quarrel with the
  rest of his work?

  So why are you still here when you should be in comp.lang.dylan extolling
  the features of non-<whatever> Lisps?  Who do you think cares?  Invite
  Lisp people to your own very low-traffic forum to discuss this with you,
  rather than annoy people with your repetitive nonsense, OK?  Or are you,
  as I now strongly suspect, only posting in comp.lang.lisp because you
  think Lisp people should be "converted" to Dylan because nobody else are?

  By the way, what you call "axiom" is called "postulate" in Euclid because
  of the distinction that Aristotle drew between the two concepts.  But I
  suppose you do not recognize Euclid's The Elements as authoritative on
  what Euclid said, either.  "It is so because Euclid said so" seems to be
  an invalid argument to you, but I am afraid that I have no "logical"
  answer that I expect will sate your desire for pathological nonsense.

  The past is not more important than the future, despite what your culture
  has taught you.  Your future observations, conclusions, and beliefs are
  more important to you than those in your past ever will be.  The world is
  changing so fast the balance between the past and the future has shifted.