Being more careful with the wide brushes, was: RE: Qualifications for an off shore writer?

Subject: Being more careful with the wide brushes, was: RE: Qualifications for an off shore writer?
From: Gregory P Sweet <gps03 -at- health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:46:09 -0500

Keith,

I am an educator and technical writer. I find your assertion that education
does not make one smarter deeply offensive. More offensive still was that
when you were called out on this nonsense you followed up with a threat.

Feel free to rant as you wish, I'll say no more on the subject. I am just
responding to your words: A broad-brush insult, followed by a threat.

-Greg

techwr-l-bounces+gps03=health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com wrote on
02/18/2009 10:28:06 PM:

> My reaction to your first sentence was to think that you were
> perhaps attempting to mock either me or my grandfather's thought by
> restating my words in such a grotesque manner. Since you have
> apparently never before been introduced to the concept, I will do
> you the favor of telling you that most people, when their words are
> parodied back to them in an overtly twisted manner, will react
> negatively because they will perceive it as a mockery.
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> I did not disparage education. I disparaged the erroneous idea which
> too many people hold that education and intelligence are the same
> thing. Your categorization of the meaning of my words is totally
> erroneous. You projected what you wanted to think onto my words and
> then replied to your internal version of my words instead of
> responding to what I actually wrote.
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> To top it off, you now have the gall to try to tell me what I was
> thinking. What is this "only grounds" garbage? I will thank you in
> the future to refrain from these ludicrous attempts at amateur mind
> reading. Try replying to my words, not to what you think you have
> magically divined to be my inner thoughts.
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> --- On Wed, 2/18/09, Leonard C. Porrello <Leonard.
> Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com> wrote:
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> From: Leonard C. Porrello <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
> Subject: RE: Qualifications for an off shore writer?
> To: "Keith Hood" <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L"
<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 11:24 AM
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> While the first sentence was tongue in
> cheek, I ultimately intended neither a joke nor an insult. Knowledgeof
grammar
> and usage comes only through education (formal or informal). And as you
> illustrate by the umbrage you took to what I wrote, Âyou yourself believe
> that someone who uses âpoorâ grammar and usage is less than
> intelligent. Consequently, as in your first message, I see a
contradiction. In
> your first message, you disparage education, but you do so using perfect
> grammar and usageâwhich comes only from education. In your second
> message, you indicate (by tone) that you were offended by what I
wroteâand
> the only grounds for that is that what I wrote sounded uneducated.
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> Where education is defined as, "the
> act or process of ... acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers
of
> reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others
> intellectually for mature life," education does make people smarter.
> Education is to the mind what good diet, aerobics, and weight training
are to
> the body. This, at least, is the classical view. In contrast, the
> Romantic view
> lauds man in a âstate of nature,â uncorrupted by the influences of
> culture and âedumacation.â
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> From: Keith Hood
> [mailto:klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com]
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> Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
> 7:25 PM
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> To: TECHWR-L; jleer -at- leertech -dot- net;
> Leonard C. Porrello
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> Subject: RE: Qualifications for an
> off shore writer?
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> I require a clarification from you. If you meant
> your words as a joke of some kind and not as an insult to my
grandfather or
> myself, it would be a very good idea for you to make that clear now.
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> --- On Tue, 2/17/09, Leonard C. Porrello
<Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
> wrote:
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> From: Leonard C. Porrello <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
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> Subject: RE: Qualifications for an off shore writer?
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> To: "Keith Hood" <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L"
> <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, jleer -at- leertech -dot- net
>
> Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7:42 PM
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> Didn't you mean,
> "Edumacation ain't make you none smarter"? Even so, where
> "education" is, "the act or process of ... acquiring general
> knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and
generally of
> preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life," isn't the
> statement a bit of an oxymoron?
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> Leonard
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> -----Original Message-----
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> From:
techwr-l-bounces+leonard -dot- porrello=soleratec -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+leonard -dot- porrello=soleratec -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com]
> On Behalf Of Keith Hood
>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:36 PM
>
> To: TECHWR-L; jleer -at- leertech -dot- net
>
> Subject: RE: Qualifications for an off shore writer?
>
>
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> Yes, having a degree has never been proof of anything except the
ability to
> know how to get by on tests. As my grandfather used to say and
> he's never been
> proven wrong, more education does not make you smarter.
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