|From:||William Frank <williamf.frank@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 2 May 2013 09:13:08 -0400|
On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM, Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx> wrote:
I would like to add that people who express themselves in ways that are clearly at odds with science, are perhaps not *able* to express themselves in more sophisticated ways. Had they they benefits of studying at Cal Tech and Union Theological Seminary, they might come up to snuff, in the estimation of the august people who inhabit these pages. I am afraid I don't seen the profit from shooting these fish in a barrel. It is certainly not effective at changing minds, the way 12 years of higher education might be. Nor is it generous. To me, it is lowering oneself back into the same barrel after having received privileges enjoyed by few.
Rather, understanding how to fit what they say, as a sub-community, into a larger speech-and-thought community that also includes, as subcommunities, the Cal Tech and Union contingents, is a mighty challenge for semantics.
Thus, I agree with John Sowa, that this is a matter of the philosophy and methodology of science, which the newly forming science and engineering discipline of ontology needs to attend to. Otherwise, we will wind up in in a backwater of science, as did radical behaviorism on the one hand, and psychoanalysis on the other.
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