In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com (Henry) writes: >firstname.lastname@example.org () wrote in message news:<email@example.com>... >> I am sorry but my opinion remains unchanged. I honestly cannot understand >> how anyone can spend an hour or so reading about a topic that has been >> thought about and studied in detail for more than a hundred a years by some >> of the keenest minds on the planet, and then assert that it is all rubbish. >> That applies not just to mathematics, but to any serious object of study, >> whether it is relativity, evolution, philosophy, art, music. >> > > Derek, if everyone would think like you do, then there would be no >progress. >For how many years people thought the earth was flat???!!! Is it a sin >to question what's been "studied in detail"? I'm not saying that *I* >will find any new theorems or fix any flaws in Cantor's views. If >people become afraid to ask, question or criticize anything beacuse >it's been accepted by most people then new ideas will never surface >and progress will stall. Sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings by using >the word "absurd".
OK, I may have over-reacted to your use of "absurd", which I interpreted as meaning "This stuff is all nonsense". If so I apologise. But if you did mean to say "This is all nonsense" then I stand by what I said! You need to really understand something properly before you can sensibly start to question it.