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Robert I. Soare soare at
Thu Aug 5 11:37:59 EDT 1999

TO:     fom subscribers
FROM:	Robert Soare
DATE:	August, 5, 1999
RE:	Msg just sent by Simpson to both lists Aug. 5

Simpson has just sent all of you a msg with some claims.  Please

ITEM 1.  Simpson's claim (in a related memo)about the
	Muytilinaos-Slaman work on
	a priority argument is CONTRADICTED BY SLAMAN.  See
	Slaman's email msg at:

ITEM 2. Simpson's account of the process with John Steel is
	See Steel's msg on:

ITEM 3. The topologists Nabutovsky (Toronto) and Weinberger (Chicago)
	have two
	papers in which theorems are stated which ar not
	in accordance with the statement by Simpson of their

QUESTION.  Is it possible that Steel's account, Slaman's account,
and the Nabutovsky-Weinberger account are ALL wrong and Simpson
is right?


In the SAME msg today Simpson wrote:

>    Also on the FOM list, there is currently a lot of INTERESTING
>    DISCUSSION among many participants on topics such as ...


About TEN SUBSCRIBERS have written to me privately about conditions on
fom for discussion.  EVERY ONE has said that:

-the moderator, Stephen Simpson, is "TOO HARSH" or "MUCH TOO HARSH," 
	in his criticism, even of MINOR items.

-the DISCUSSION is INHIBITED because all but the "THICK-SKINNED" ones
	are afraid to say anything for fear of being ridiculed by
	Simpson "with Friedman waiting in the background" for
	further attacks.

-there is a strong tendency to guide the discussion toward the edifice
	of fom and especially reverse math.  (See the quote in following

Personally, I am have the skin of a SHERMAN TANK and a 75mm gun turret
to match.  Simpson has always been VERY polite to me on fom as you
have seen, and I have done my BEST to reciprocate.

Please send me more email privately with your impressions, positive or
negative or neutral, of the way fom is run. It will remain

Robert I. Soare
Paul Snowden Russell 
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