Re: Potential debate

Terry Semple (
Sat, 23 Mar 1996 00:37:54 -0500 (EST)

On: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 21:48:48 -0800 (PST)
"F. Reid Creech" <> said:
"However, I don't think that this system (the "good old boy"
network) can be proven, demonstrated, and perhaps, even be
challenged. I think that it is there and that it is real;
however, it is a byproduct of the way in which we conduct

I think the last phrase might be changed to:
... it is a byproduct of the way in which human beings regard
themselves and those who differ from themselves.

The dimension along which the difference is mapped may be skin
colour, body shape, gender (and gender preference), or any other
dimension which is regarded as having at least some minor

With respect to the suggestion of a moderated debate, in real
"cyber" time, I strongly support the concept. However, somewhat
selfishly, I hope that at least some of the "rules" of the debate
would require the "contestants" to provide a general introductory
background for their position. I am afraid that as a newcomer to
the PCP/Kelly world I miss most, if not all, of the nuances of
the more emotion laden interchanges. (I do get the strength of
the emotions.)

Maybe the list is in fact only for those whose knowledge is at a
certain level. I hope however that at least some consideration
can be given to the idea of doing some "teaching" in the course
of the debating.

Before I lapse back into lurk mode ... I would be interested in
some anecdotes about how the PCP/Kelly approach has been useful
in an applied fashion.

Terry Semple.