LO as paradise lost and liberation LO29857

From: Don Dwiggins (d.l.dwiggins@computer.org)
Date: 01/27/03

Replying to LO29833 --


> Declaring that there are many possible descriptions of such
> systems may be true, but it still tells us nothing about which one, or
> ones, Peter in fact had in mind. Thus, I am still left wondering about
> this, and am also left incapable of judging the suitability or potential
> effectiveness of his approach.

It may be useful to know what Peter had in mind (perhaps Rick can lure him
here to tell us!), but neither necessary nor sufficient for each of us to
determine how much and which parts, if any, of his approach to adopt.
That responsibility lies with us, unless we simply want to be accolytes
and accept the Received Word.

Definitely, question Peter (and others who have followed similar
approaches) about the successes and failures of the practice, and let his
(their) answers be your guide in deciding on your own approach.

> The underlying theory of practice is, by definition, incomplete.

And will remain so, until it's no longer useful. (Which doesn't imply
that it's not a good idea to have a theory -- just be sure to keep it
watered and fed with nutrients from experience. Once it stops growing, it
won't be good for much. For even better results, plant it near other
theories so they can cross-fertilize and give birth to vigorous hybrids.)



Don Dwiggins "In a time of drastic change it is the learners who d.l.dwiggins@computer.org survive; the 'learned' find themselves fully equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." -- Eric Hoffer

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