Re: fool-detection scorecard superfluity of

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Sat, 22 Jul 1995 16:37:37 +1000

Dan Foss writes:
> When, in the course of sporting events, I find myself a fool playing
> against another fool on the other side of the net, I have found the
> following research-diagnostic criterion infallible in telling the two
> of us fools apart: I am the fool who's not getting paid for it.

Having once been mistaken for a tenured professor (by that same
Stephanie J. Nelson whose memory you struggle so valiantly to keep
alive), I can't say I think income is a good method for distinguishing
fools. In this case I think the clearest criterion is your possession
of a sense of humour -- I hardly expect Mr Liberation Anthropology
to learn how to laugh at himself, but would find it reassuring if he
were to demonstrate an ability to laugh at all.


Recently someone adversely compared Dan Foss' writing to my book
reviews. I have to confess that sometimes I wish I could write like
Dan Foss, though I suspect it would require complete rewiring of
my neo-cortex. I will continue, however, to read avidly everything
he writes, and along with Micki Korp say "Welcome back!".

Danny Yee.