Subject: Re: type safety in LISP
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 09 Dec 2002 00:10:32 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Pascal Costanza
| These two statements contradict each other.

  Wrong.  /Think/, now.  How can I flatly reject your claims, which
  you only repeat with that stubborn "I'm right, so there" attitude?
  Could it be that you bring to your reading of what other people
  write so much baggage that what other people write is immaterial
  for your conclusions?

| I don't think so.

  You have never thought long enough to realize the value of context,
  so why should you start now?

  Think, even though it hurts.  You may actually learn something new,
  and it may tear down several of your personal beliefs.  One of the
  most obvious ones is that you appear to believe that knowledge of
  the truth does not need to be acquired through mental effort, but
  that it is sufficient for something to just "be true".  Another is
  that you appear to believe that when you read something, only you
  have the proper understanding of what it means and that the author
  in particular has lost the right to tell you that it looks like you
  have misunderstood.  Both have in common that you appear to believe
  that your interpretation of something is "the truth", infallibly.
  To be blunt, I find this aspect of your behavior extremely annoying.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.