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You Must Now Define "original Thoughts"

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on February 23, 2002 16:04:17 UTC

Ya wrote:
"Pardon me for offering advice, but someone of your abilities should be willing to post some original thoughts."

This is illogical. If you can define
"original thoughts," I will not reject the
whole idea as crackpottery immediately.

What is most illogical is that you have
estimated I have some level of ability
but how can you estimate it if you don't know which work is mine?
Have you suggested my posts are mainly the
work of others?
One question: are you saying I use others' work with, or without, attribution? In scientific papers,
there are numerous reference to the work
of others. A small amount of new thought
must rest on a lattice of assembled work
by others. If you think 1,000 words of
blather is original, then I agree I don't
post much of that. I think a ratio
of 1/10 original to 9/10 carefully assembled
work by others
is pretty good. I should probably post
less "original work."


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