Friday, November 23, 2007

I'm with Turgenev

Figes tells us that Turgenev wrote a famous bit of verse about the critic Stasov: the penultimate lines are ...

Argue even with a fool:
You will not gain glory
But sometimes it is fun.

I confess I've been spending a few minutes here and there blasting off again at a few fools on sci.logic. The highminded justification is that, given the thousands of people who do visit that group each day, someone ought occasionally to say "enough is enough" faced with streams of garbage. But let's be honest, Turgenev is right: sometimes it is just fun.


a said...

Calling someone an idiot over and over again is fun?

Peter Smith said...

Oh, I don't get out much ;-)

Aatu Koskensilta said...

The high-minded justification is but feeble rationalisation. Admit it, you're hooked, another victim of Usenet addiction, a condition beautifully captured in Torkel's moving poem.

Ocham said...

I saw your post last week saying you weren't going to contribute that hellhole any more, waste of time, why act as unofficial tutor and not get paid &c &c. I wondered how long that would last.

"You cannot coherently place a biconditional between terms for numbers."

I hope that helps someone.