Subject: Re: Lisp compiler
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 28 Oct 2002 15:17:48 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Vassil Nikolov <>
| Even though different people may _perceive_ different things to be
| valuable, I posted my response nevertheless because I believe that
| value is not in the eye of the beholder.  Or am I wrong?

  Value is always in the eye of the behold, but that does not by itself make
  it subjective.  You do not /invent/ the value, but take those parts of the
  valued object or process or whatever that associate well with other things
  you value or have valued.  The network of valuation is anchored in some
  core values that you have /chosen/, but there is no such thing as a value
  relative to nothing (i.e., an absolute or objective value).  A subjective
  value would be relative /only/ to the person.  In between these is the
  personal choices that people make out of the multitude that is available.
  Thus we can speak of objective potential value in that there is something
  for someone to value, but the /actual/ value would still be in the eye of
  the beholder.

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.