Re: "scientism"

Chris Lees (
Sun, 11 Apr 1999 00:04:25 +0100

Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 00:04:25 +0100
From: Chris Lees <>
Subject: Re: "scientism"

Jake wrote:

> I don't know. It is so unclear. If you are going to ask for somebody's
> pardon, however trivial, perhaps you should be a little more specific next
> time, especially when there are so many possibilities, . . . or perhaps
> maybe not mention it at all.

Just so that it is crystal clear in your mind, Jake, that apology related
to the fact that I had supplied insufficient information to R. Grimes, ( and
other subscribers) to be able to find the text of the Grinberg-Zylberbaum
experiment quickly and easily. I had assumed that the abstract would lead
directly to the Physics Essays archive, via a simple websearch. When I tried
that myself, however, it did not. That's what I apologized for. Perhaps their
server was inoperative, or whatever.

Since then, with a little more persistence, I have located relevant texts, and
supplied the URLs. I hope that that is adequate information for anyone who may
be interested. I'm certain that anyone who really wanted to find the references,
could have done so eventually, but it is always nice to save time and trouble,
if at all possible.

No doubt you will appraise them at your leisure, Jake, and give us the benefit
of your conclusions in due course, should you feel so inclined. I hope, with all
humility, that you will provide an exemplary judgement, untainted by anything
even remotely resembling the kind of prejudice which I could label as 'scientism',
but if I am to be disappointed, then so be it. Perhaps I might even learn something
new from you ? Who knows. Life is so full of surprises, I'm sure you'll agree.

( All caustic nastiness and rhetorical venom contained within this letter has been
excised or moderated, out of consideration for readers of a tender disposition )

Your psychic friend,


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