Subject: Re: Understanding Erik Naggum
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 06 Oct 2002 22:24:28 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Christopher Browne
| Naughty, naughty; that's not in keeping with the "positive reinforcement"
| methodology.

  Actually, I think the whole "positive reinforcement methodology" is
  really a manipulative name for a manipulative and dishonest methodology
  that causes people to lose touch with reality and live in a cocoon of
  good feelings when they really should wake the hell up and deal with it.
  It appears that proponents for this "methodology" are pretty incompetent
  at reading what people actually write, too, preferring to blather on with
  their own agenda.  Actually /listening/ is hard work.  It is made harder
  by mind games and multiple wrappers around the real meat, and it appears
  that those who prefer nice wrapping paper are quite happy not to open the

| The "positive reinforcement" methodology would go something along the
| following lines:

  While humorous, I find it much more disrespectful than a direct approach,
  which at the very least retains the ability for the victim to respond.
  The snotty arrogance that some people seem to prefer over directness has
  as its primary result that the victim has no recourse.  This is useful if
  you have no intention of letting the other guy learn anything and no
  intention of letting him recover from his mistake by actually improving.

  One of my old signatures might be apropos.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Sufficiently advanced political correctness is indistinguishable from sarcasm.