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Does a Leonard Ever Change Its Spots?
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2010-09-06 10:49
On the face of it, I find this very disturbing:
I hasten to say I haven't read Harriman's book. But Leonard's letter seems not to be concerned with the truth of the matter at hand, rather with McCaskey's temerity in criticizing Harriman's account, and by extension, Leonard's endorsement of it—even though the criticism has been made only in private, and in accordance with an agreement among those concerned that they could freely exchange ideas, however half-baked.
Enough to make one tear one's remaining hair out.
Ours is a contest of ideas. Especially in a field as rarefied as physics and induction, there will be a lot of groping and fumbling. Dogmatism and rank-pulling are the last thing we need.
It might be said, "Whoa! We haven't heard Peikoff's side yet." Well, we have. He gave his permission for his letter to be published, so is apparently happy that it represents his "side."
Is this the fatwa all over again? If so, bizarre and depressing.
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