In a message dated 19/11/2006 00:17:40 GMT Standard Time, skb@BOOTLE.BIZ
or piece of fluff, which has lodged in memory since I read it many years ago
was the comment, made I think by a little girl, and embryonic authoress: "How
can I know what I mean until I see what I say?"
Actually, since I am now re-reading Koestler properly, I discovered that he
was my source for this anecdote, and, as usual, I had misremembered it. What he
in fact writes is (The Act of Creation, 1964, p.174): "little
Alice who, on being admonished to think carefully before she spoke, indignantly
exclaimed: How I can I know what I think until I see what I say?"
On the subject which I'd promised not to raise again, I confess I find
it very difficult to reason against arguments which impute to me positions I do
not hold and never expressed, and which then proceed to demolish these
Never mind. It's a good idea to read carefully, and think carefully, before