Wed, 12 Jan 1994 11:11:39 CST

A few people join K. Poewe in rejecting the suggestion that scientific
flashes of insight are distinguishable from "revelations" in the usual
sense of that word. Here are their arguments: M. Lieber successfully
shows that if you define all communication to be "revelation," then
science depends heavily on it. M. Evans notes that "A revelation may
appear to come from nowhere, because it comes from an unorganized
somewhere." An Anonymous One Who Claims to be Seeking points out that
people get frustrated when their gods don't deliver. B. M. Biglow then
asks, "are 'Beavis and Butthead pomo too?" In the face of such a
devastating critique, I find myself happy--even proud--to accept as an
unintended accolade M. Evans' designation as a "vulgar empiricist."
--Bob Graber