Subject: Re: Your introduction to Lisp...
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 19:23:06 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "Pierpaolo BERNARDI" <>
| Well, the front cover of the manual says:
|   "PC Scheme
|    a simple, modern Lisp"

  Why are the Scheme people authoritative on whether Scheme is a Lisp?

  If you ask almost any person if they are honest, they will answer "yes",
  the dishonest probably more often than the honest.  If you want a correct
  and useful answer, you have to find out what they mean: Do they simply
  answer the question honestly, or do they give an answer that they think
  will cause you to act in a particularly beneficial way towards them?  All
  these jokes about used car salesmen who call themselves "Honest Joe" and
  _still_ people buy it when someone who clearly has something to gain from
  being a Lisp says they are?

  So why is nobody _else_ authoritative on whether Scheme is a Lisp?

  I think "Your introductoin to Scheme" should go in comp.lang.scheme.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.

  Post with compassion: