Re: Information

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Fri May 11 2001 - 19:57:27 BST

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    On Wed, May 09, 2001 at 02:29:07PM -0400, Wade T.Smith wrote:
    > On 05/09/01 13:19, Robin Faichney said this-
    > >You obviously don't have to agree with me. The pressure you're feeling
    > >is the need to give good reasons for not doing so.
    > I doubt many people will agree with the following-
    > >>The best way to use any word is entirely a matter of opinion.
    > And I certainly don't.
    > And I think it is an extraordinary claim, and extraordinary claims
    > require extraordinary evidence.
    > The pressure you're feeling is the need to give good reasons for claiming
    > such.

    I don't agree. Subjectivity -- first impressions -- is the default.
    If you claim *anything* is *not* merely a matter of opinion, you should
    be able to say why. In some cases that's easy. For instance, the
    structure of matter is the paradigm case for the application of objective
    methodology -- it is very obviously *not* merely a matter of opinion.
    But values are something else -- noone has ever come up with an entirely
    objective way to decide about actual values (as opposed to matters of
    fact disguised as questions about values). The "best" anything, unless
    what's "better" is entirely explicit and agreed, is about valuation,
    a matter of opinion. If you don't agree, let's hear your case.

    Robin Faichney
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