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Re: Political debate

I think I have to agree with Al here.

There are many appropiate forums for discussion of political issues, but this isn't one of them. I think many people tend to judge the appropiateness of this sort of thing by how much we agree with the content.

Consider, for example, your reaction were someone to send a message to the list indicating that they were forming a new organization entitled "Scientists for concerted action against terrorism" and they circulated a letter suggesting that strong military action was now of the essence in light of the mass murder perpetrated last week. Would y'all be so keen on having a back-and-forth on this? And even if you are, do you think the auditory list is a good place to do it?


At 15:48 18/09/01 -0400, Al Bregman wrote:
Dear Colleagues,

I think I agree with recent postings that have argued against the
use of the AUDITORY list for political organizing.  The names of
all members and their e-mail addresses are available (I believe)
on the list's web page.  So concerned parties could contact their
colleagues privately through individual or group mailings.

The list is not moderated, so anybody can, in principle, post a
message about anything, and I certainly understand the intense
feelings that the New York tragedy has evoked, and the concerns
about the US administration's possible response to it (I have
taken some political action myself).

However, given that we are not uniform in our political opinions,
and the list was set up to discuss the perception of sound, my
feeling is that this topic, and certain related professional
issues, such as ads for jobs in this area, should remain the
topic of discussion.

Best wishes to all,


Albert S. Bregman, Emeritus Professor
Dept of Psychology, McGill University
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Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1B1

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Robert J. Zatorre, Ph.D.
Montreal Neurological Institute
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