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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on April 1, 2002 16:43:52 UTC

Hi Alan,

At 30 years of age, I think you need to seriously think about getting yourself into a better financial state. Life is surprisingly short. Something the young fail to appreciate. "Youth is wasted on the young!"

***** Alan:
I do not have a computer. It costs me terribly to participate, and I am quite poor. Today I am fortunate to use someone's computer, so no fee this time. But given that the exercise usually comes at a cost, I need to progress very, very, fast in understanding your work. It is frustrating to see you go around in endless circles.

You have a copy of what I wrote. I am of the opinion that the attack you have chosen can not be expected to lead to fast understanding of my work. I would suggest that, if you want to understand it very quickly, take it one line at a time and don't skip ahead at all. Don't move to the next line until the line you are on makes perfect sense.

***** Alan:
Here is a complaint: why be so narrow minded? Why be like a horse with blinkers on, when many others have done work which connects with your work?

Because I do not want to include anything which might be false!

***** Alan:
One may claim that any information can be 'viewed' from any perspective; but some perspectives may be more interesting than others.

I am trying to explain what I have done. Let us understand that before one goes to other perspectives. Whether or not it is interesting is beside the point.

***** Alan:
Above, have you not stated as FACT, something which is not part of your paper, and which is actually a personal THEORY (which you may have arrived at because of your paper)?

No, what you refer to is not put forward as a fact, it is an opinion, and it existed long before I made the discovery discussed in my paper.

***** Alan:
This is a major complaint: that personal theories are being presented as facts! Fair comment?

No, I do not believe it is a "Fair comment" as the comment does not go to the point at issue.

***** Alan:
I believe that I can know, once did know, to a large extent once again do know, and in another dimension you might say 'do know'; what it is all about.

Yes, I am well aware that you claim much "knowledge". That's nice Alan, but it does not bear at all on what I am saying.

***** Alan:
Fair enough?

I broke that barrier. Anyone can break it, as far as I can figure. Main ingredients: do not deny or repress in yourself anything you ever felt, thought, experienced or did; be open to the awareness of even tiny, fleeting phenomena (that may even have no name); what counts is Existence, notice what exists, thus "every voice gets a hearing" i.e. no repression; it helps if you are loved (let be) by others.

No, Alan, your position is a religious position and I have no time or desire to discuss religious positions of any kind. I will leave such issues to my subconscious which is far more brilliant than I (through rational thought) can ever hope to be. And my subconscious says to ignore you. Sorry about that!

***** Alan:
I am rational about being emotional!

No one is rational about being emotional! That is what is commonly called an oxymoron!

***** Alan:

"As I say, I know a little math. It is clear to me that being finite, the concepts to be defined can be numbered."

Why cannot there be an infinity of concepts?

No difficulty! The problem is that I can not rationally examine an infinite number (by definition by the way, talk to Paul); therefore, any conclusion I come to must be based on a finite number of concepts.

***** Alan:
Why make dogmatic claims that go beyond the necessary purpose of the paper?

It keeps people honest! Drives off the riffraff so to speak; anyone with an open mind can comprehend that it is possible for the "dogmatic claim" to be correct and lays belief aside in favor of thought!

I think your best bet would be to alter your financial state a bit. At your age, it is time to establish your comfort, you will need it before long! If you chose not to, then don't complain. I do not believe a little money will hurt your ability to think at all. In fact, for the most part, thinking can be done in the background anyway. A little effort towards raising your situation might even get you a little more organized too.

Have fun -- Dick

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