X-Message-Number: 10367
Subject: Re: Platt/Rowe
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 1998 11:22:47 -0500
From: Will Dye <>

Bob contends:

> Arthur Rowe is a conscious liar.

Charles responds:

> It is impossible for you to be certain of Rowe's motives or beliefs, 
> [...] calling a scientist a liar is potentially actionable

I'm not qualified to comment on cryobiology (freezing ?= griding), nor 
on legalities (accusations ?= actionable).  But I will take the dubious 
step of jumping into this debate to say that there is another good 
reason to avoid calling Dr. Rowe a "conscious liar".  

Even when someone *is* a liar, it is generally a bad idea to call them 
one.  Attention quickly turns from the issue of wether or not they are 
wrong, to the issue of wether or not *you* can prove that they had ill 
intent.  It's generally not a good idea to change the subject when 
your critic has just made a gaffe, yet calling them a liar can do that.  

For these, and other reasons, I strongly reccommend that we do not call 
Dr. Rowe a liar.  

--Will Dye

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