Subject: Re: On nil qua false [was: Re: On conditionals]
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 04:06:58 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Bruce Hoult
| What I want to do is to *understand* CL, just for my own pure
| intellectual curiosity.  I want to know not only what *is* in CL, but
| *why* it is.

  But you seem to reject the answers you get!  You keep asking even when
  you get the perfectly honest and full answer.  That is the insanity.
  Despite what you say, you do not appear to be satisfied with the truth.
  In other words, you communicate that you think people are guilty of
  hiding something from you, and that is actually _very_ offensive.

| If there's a logical reason then I'd like to know it.

  You, too, seem to think that you can have logic without premises, or at
  least different premises from what _you_ have.  Why is that?

| Far from wanting to change CL, what I want to do is to see if there is 
| anything that should be changed in Dylan.

  Then why are you not discussing this in comp.lang.dylan?  And why are you
  talking about how Dylan does things all the time if you want to change
  Dylan?  Sorry, this does not compute.

  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.