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Concerning your libel of Conlang

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Friday, July 5, 2002, 11:27
@Conlang: FYI

Dear Dr. Gunn

I need not reiterate the arguments that my fellow conlangers have
very aptly presented in their previous replies to you.  On one hand,
their explanations are very thorough, and on the other hand, I don't
quite see the point in investing more time and effort into a discussion
with you, since you apparently considered our previous arguments,
appropriate, reasonable and well-founded though they were, as "SPAM".

I shall therefore only ask a couple of questions.

- Your references to "ciphering" for "political interests" suggest to me
that you base your animosity against conlanging on the fact that the
US military abused Navajo for encryption.  You vilify a whole form of art
because of a single application for a questionable cause.

Should we therefore vilify the written, graphical and musical arts too,
simply because Hitler abused them for propaganda?

- You call conlanging "world games", in apostrophes, as if that were a
bad word somehow.  The creation of worlds other than our own reality is
a human art as old as language itself.  It's called "fiction".  Do you
consider fiction to be an evil thing?


-- Christian Thalmann, conlanger

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