Infernal meme?

Nick Rose (
Tue, 5 Oct 1999 11:18:09 -0400 (EDT)

From: Nick Rose <>
To: JOM-EMIT Discussion List <>
Subject: Infernal meme?
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 11:18:09 -0400 (EDT)

One of the nice things about academia - when compared to
many other areas of social debate - is that despite strong
views and conflicting opinions it generally avoids personal
abuse and endeavours to remain civil. Where these
conventions fail the debates invariably become fruitless.

>Perhaps the Paul in question could further repair his
>scholarly credibility by looking up the word "argumeny"
>while he is in the library. I do not find it in the Oxford
>English Dictionary, 2nd edition, or in any other
>dictionary I have tried. Under the circumstances, a
>definition and a source for the word should be given when
>saying that my book contains "argumeny."

And now:
>If Marsden wants to improve his
>scholarly reputation, then perhaps he could start by going
>to the library and actually reading the titles of the
>works he cites directly and report back the correct titles
>and other information. I am not going to do the work for
>him: he should have already done it himself. Nor am I
>going to assume that he has actually seen, let alone read,
>all the works he cites.

I can't help wondering whether certain members of this list
have deserted the 'utility' of their arguments for the
'packaging' of sheer noise and abuse. Perhaps they should
consider the 'scholarly reputation' of this list? Lest
others imitate them and indulge in such 'flame war'


Nick Rose
"University of the West of England"

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