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  • Passing thoughts:

    * I think it was Alan Watts who once said like (I can't quote from memory) "one way to express a central approach of Buddhism is the idea that all concepts are wrong." That's a good starting point.

    * Even when I was a young hyoomon in school, I wan annoyed by the existence of "debate club", which promulgated the already viral idea that an issue is best considered as two (not three! or seven!) exactly diametrically opposed, hostile positions. We need more of that kind of thinking (or th

    • I think debate between two diametrically opposed, hostile positions is a wonderful tool, and we do need more of it, if done in the right frame of mind. The point should not be to win, or to make the other lose, but to explore the issue. I consider a debate where one side beats the other and nothing new is learned to be an utter failure. If the debate ends with no winner and much is learned by all, it is an unqualified success.

      That's not to say other methods of exploring issues aren't perfectly valid, but I think this one is, too (again, when approached from a proper framework and purpose).
      • If the debate ends with no winner and much is learned by all, it is an unqualified success.

        Congratulations on the success of use Perl;, pudge! :)

        Actually, that is what I like about this site, as I've said elsewhere. I often have my brain stretched here. It greatly helps that most of this group does not suffer from the black-and-white problem I described, at least not often. (I think we all get it from time to time.)

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers