FOM: Conway's foundational ideas; pointing fingers

Thomas Forster T.Forster at
Sat May 22 05:31:07 EDT 1999

>Steve can, but the rest of us can't.

Martin has a point, and i think it is this.  A discussion
that is conducted on a let-it-all-hang-out basis, where
blows are freely and dished out without hard feelings, is
one where the level of agression deteriorates to a level
acceptable only to the hardiest.  In those conditions
people are reluctant to enter discussions and contributions
the fainting violets could have made don't get made, and
we are all the poorer for it.   I've no doubt Conway can
look after himself, but nothing is achived by requiring him 
to do so, and much may be lost
     Thomas Forster
      (fainting violet with Attitude)

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