RE: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Ton Maas (
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 18:16:36 +0200

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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 18:16:36 +0200
From: Ton Maas <>
Subject: RE: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Aaron wrote:
>>It's like the Wright Brothers doing heavier-than-air flight without
>>agreement on the science of aeronautics.
>Except for Gatherer's thesis, which is more like saying that both the
>flight and the aerodynamic science are impossible, so let's work only on
>submarines and hydrodynamics.

Which brings back memories of the surprise Volkswagen engineers were in for
when they first put their two main products in a wind tunnel for the first
time. Based on intuitive notions from hydrodynamics they all expected the
rounded Beetle to perform way better than the box-shaped Microbus. So they
were extremely shocked when the measurements showed the Microbus to have a
superior aerodynamic shape, due to better handling of turbulence _behind_
the car, which is where - as they learned - the dynamite lay!


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