Re: D. Caldwell & Silent editing
Jul 29, 2006 08:48 AM
by Mark Jaqua
Re: Caldwell & Silent Editing
<This seems to be a thing with DC, he
<wants to win the argument, using logic,
<even though the spirit of the truth of
<the matter is lost along the way.".....
<One of the things I find lacking in
<what you write above is that you are
<not specific. You write about THE
<ARGUMENT..."the argument". Exactly
Well, that was meant to mean "the
argument, Any argument, in general." I
thought it would be taken as a generality,
but I guess you can't know what I am thinking.
The unstated goal of any discourse should
be to get at the truth of a matter -
multifarious as that may be - and not to
use just logic to "put down" the other party.
I.E., my general impression that you were
justifying "silent editing" in your own book,
because - After all!, even BdeZ did it, and
also it has slipped into some ULT publications.
i.e. - they are both "silent editing" - so
you prove your point. But is a misleading
point - the very minor changes BdeZ made or
might appear in the ULT publications is in
no way the same as silently removing whole
sentences or paragraphs. (And, again, this
may be important in biographical material -
but not nearly as important as source
philosophical material.) You win the
argument on "silent editing" logically but
the truth of the matter is lost, because the
two types of "silent editing" are not the
same at all - in truth - minor things like
updating spelling may be a GOOD, while
editing whole sentences can be very bad.
(Not so bad in your biographical case.)
Much of this critical and logical
investigation can be very valuable, as
in History or other cases, but it can also
be used to avoid points altogether, and
divert attention altogether from the key
attitude or point involved (I know -
"please give me specific incidences."
Well that may apply sometimes, but it also
can be a diversion. I don't doubt you
"KNOW" that changing sanskrit spelling, in
example, is not the same as editing out whole
sentences - ethically - even though you might
say I am having "dreams" and jumping to giant
conclusions about what you "know." Well, if
you don't know the difference between these
two types of "silent editing," then something
is wrong with your knowing.)
- jake j.
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