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Opinion: A note on my new Mallory & Irvine segment and Thoughts on Criticism

20 Januar 2011

Some of you readers have already noted the new Mallory & Irvine segment on my webpage. It is neither long nor colorful - not the fizzy pink alco-pop drunk for distraction, but rather the distilled single malt tasted for essence. I felt it necessary to write it this way, because there remains one essential fact in the Mallory case: What we actually KNOW is very little. Which leads to the point of how the scant facts are dealt with. While it is interesting to read what certain researchers think right or wrong, and why, what it actually adds to the EVIDENCE is often a very different matter. Also, what comes disguised as well-informed criticism is often just personal opinion. And abuse between researchers is only revealing about themselves, worthless to the collective progress in the case. But perhaps it's just a language problem which can be answered appropriately: Only facts and constructive criticism matters - f**k the rest ...

My attitude to criticism is best expressed in a quote from one of my favorite movies:

In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.

But, the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things... the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.

(a free glass of single malt for who guesses that one right ... :-)

Have a nice day!

Posted at 11:06 in english, german

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