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    Dear fellow subscribers and/or dissidents

    As perhaps the instigator of the latest furore, I would like to
    express my opinion. On a number of occasions I have replied directly
    to the person posting the original message. I have only occasionally
    seen my reply sumarised. This does not really surprise me (and I
    take no offence) because what I have to say is often unconventional
    or controversial. If the orginator does not understand or agree with
    my views he/she can, and often does, ignore them completely.

    But most subscribers follow the debates without active
    particpation. If I had posted my ideas on WORK directly to the
    orginator -- considering his public response -- do you REALLY
    believe that it would have been included in his summary?

    If a debate consists of simply restating the same or opposite view,
    with a mildly different bias each time, why bother. On many
    occasions I have been referred to "basic" textbooks to get my facts
    right (or even Mr Spok). Unfortunately, textbooks usually contain
    "well-proven" and "accepted" material. One should consider how these
    "widely accepted" facts come into being; by prior exclusion of the
    dissenting voices like mine. If that does not work you can always
    ridicule my credentials... or remain narrow-minded... or suggest
    that the debate belongs to THERMO-L....or ban me from the list... or
    duke it out (which I agree should be done in private).

    If 95% of subscribers were to automatically agree with my comments,
    then I consider that I have wasted my time (and theirs). However, so
    long as there is a SUBJECT HEADING and a fundamental basis of truth
    in what I have said then I have wasted no-ones time except the
    ignorant (i.e. those who choose to ignore or suppress). I stand by
    what I say and am prepared to defend it.

    Long Live Open Discussion!!!

    P.S. If I get sufficient support, I may prepare a no-holds
    barred critic of biomechanics as it has always been taught and
    practised for the past hundred years....

    Or -- as some will have it -- I could just shut-up and let you waste
    years of your time.... now THAT is the real value of open debate.

    Craig Nevin
    Biomedical Engineer
    Department of Physiology/Sports Science
    University of Cape Town, South Africa
    CNEVIN@anat.uct.ac.za
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