Angus Rodgers wrote: > Gib Bogle wrote: > >> I'm sorry to say this, Angus, because I know you mean well, >> but you are really being a bit stupid. It should be completely >> obvious to you by now that James has not the slightest interest >> in reading any mathematical texts. Giving him advice like this >> is equivalent to pissing into the wind. > > But James isn't going to go away, is he? I might as well get used > to him. And in a weird kind of way, I'm enjoying this, while fully > realising that it might be an ancient sci.math rite of passage, and > it might not be fruitful at any level whatsoever. The way in which > the conversation keeps going even when it appears to have > become reduced to utter nothingness seems almost like Zen > (whatever that is).
You are romanticizing the situation. James does go away from time to time, and the newsgroup is the better for it. He leaves when the chorus of boos becomes loud enough.