Subject: Re: On nil qua false [was: Re: On conditionals]
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 13:23:37 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Kenny Tilton <>
| Turn about is fair play, but FWIW my intent was pacifistic and
| compassionate.

  Yes, intent is all that counts.

| And as a faithful reader of such threads I was honestly puzzled as to how
| we got from zero to sixty in one article. Most folks earn their
| incinerations by pursuing the threads beyond reason, something not
| evident in this case.

  Huh?  Bruce Hoult has been carping on the same stupid "confusion" for
  years.  Nothing ever happens.  No understanding.  Just pauses between
  reiterations and regurgitations of the same stale arguments.

| You're the rock star of Common Lisp. Get your head out of c.l.l. and go
| win us some converts.

  As most rock stars, I think I should go despair about my popularity.

  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.