[b-hebrew] Karl and Anson

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Apr 13 18:20:05 EDT 2010

Yigal, Dave, et al:

Sorry for the misunderstanding.

What I was reacting to was not Anson Rainey himself, nor his work, rather to
the appeal to authority logical fallacy practiced by Jim Stinehart. As such,
it was a rhetorical flourish, not meant to slam Mr. Rainey.

What I am also reacting to is what I observe as a return to a new
intellectual dark age, where it is believed that the statements of the
“experts” carry more weight than the facts on the ground. Jim Stinehart’s
arguments are a good example of such.

It is not only here in B-Hebrew that I have noticed this slide away from
scientific thinking back to medievalism. I see it in science (I don’t know
the math involved (which is why I’m in linguistics) but when Tesla
investigated Einstein’s relativity theory, he rejected it because it gave
different results than what he got in his lab. But most scientists followed
the “expert” Einstein.), theology (the age of the superstars in the
mega-churches), and so forth.

No, let the facts be the facts. And no, I do not intend personal attacks,
but don’t ask me to honor persons at the expense of the truth.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:59 PM, <dwashbur at nyx.net> wrote:

> Karl,
> I have to agree with Yigal on this one.  I don't agree with a lot that
> Rainey has written, nor
> have I ever gotten to meet him, but he is definitely a "big name" in the
> field, and good
> scholarship requires at least intereracting with his material.  I suspect
> you were just in a
> hurry when you referred to him as "nobody."  That, he most certainly is
> not.
> On 13 Apr 2010 at 21:45, Yigal Levin wrote:
> > Karl, you can be excused for not knowing who Anson Rainey is, and
> > even if
> > you did, you would not have to accept him as an authority for
> > anything.
> > However your attitude towards others, on the list and off it, has
> > lately
> > become totally out of bounds. The same is true of your replies to
> > Jim. You
> > obviously do not have to accept his theories (no-one else does!),
> > and you do
> > have the prerogative of not answering him (which is what I have
> > learned to
> > do). But if you do chose to engage him in debate, please keep your
> > language
> > appropriately respectful.
> Dave Washburn
> http://www.nyx.net/~dwashbur
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