Re: False quantification to the nth degree

Cameron Laird (claird@STARBASE.NEOSOFT.COM)
Tue, 14 Jun 1994 08:02:15 -0500

Predictability, yes; in the Anglo-American tradition we're
also taught of the importance of conduct determined by
"laws, not men", not so much on the ground of predictability,
but because "flexibility" is a slippery slope that soon
has IU colleagues of Rick Wilks cursing him for having *any*
standards. Acceptance of oppressive tenancy is a rational
tactic for the sufficiently risk-averse. Danny is entirely
right to recommend Scott; for a literary portrait of the
Burkean conservatism I'm trying to explain, enjoy Melville's
minor masterwork, *Billy Budd*.

This is no recent discovery (or conceit or prejudice), of
course; Aristotle advised that "The habit of changing laws
lightly is an evil."

Cameron Laird ( +1 713 267 7966 ( +1 713 996 8546