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Date Posted: 13:51:57 02/16/01 Fri
Author: Richard MacLean
Subject: authority trumps mind

Mr. Pyshnov:

Although I am not a scientist (a graduate English student, rather), I am familiar with your case. While I do object to some of your self-defeating rhetoric - such as your frequent pejorative references to 'political correctness', the left, and the Jewishness of your opponent - your argument is irrefutable. This is clear in the special pleading and casuistry (i.e., the absurd claim that science is a 'community' in order to defend plagiarism) that Larsen indulges in in her statements to the GSU.

Larsen's behaviour, and her protection by the U of T brass, reminds me of nothing so much as the impenetrability of the Catholic hierarchy (this is not a slur: I am a Catholic, and a conservative one at that). As it has been manifested in your case, this practise - this sort of inflexible and exclusive authoritarianism - has no place in the practise of science. It is antithetical to science.

I wish you luck. And I thank God I'm not a scientist.

Richard MacLean

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[> Re: authority trumps mind -- Michael Pyshnov, 05:34:15 03/17/01 Sat

Hi, Richard!
I thank you very much for your good wishes! And, here is about your objection. I did a good work in science, which is basically a search for truth in Nature. Why should I now avoid telling the truth about society?
Why no amount of "anti-Capitalist", leftist activity is "self-defeating" to anybody? Praising "Satanic
Verses" and their author and smashing the heritage of people who, unlike Jews, have produced
material culture of heavenly beauty, was not self-defeating to anybody and apparently was well paid
by the media. And, unlike Verses, my letter is only about political matters. Did you say
"self-defeating" joking bitterly and you admit the dangers of not following the party line in Canada?
Why nothing is self-defeating to the media? What did I say so different from the Fifth Estate
program on Homolka which opened with Trish Wood saying that society is not prepared to give life
sentence to a female? Three days ago, on March 14, CBC TV asked questions about the influence of the
monopolized media owners on the content of articles. Govt. panel is set up to study...
Don't you have a feeling that any argument against my Open Letter seems ridiculous for the simple
reason that the story is still prohibited?
I would have no problem to apologize to people who never took advantage of their exclusive,
protected by Canadian Communist laws position in "disadvantaged groups", but who, mistakenly to
be sure, took my letter personally. But not before that gang rape is stopped.

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