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Re: Topics for discussion

Dear colleagues:

May I also add to Al's very useful reminder, an additional reminder to please avoid ad-hominem/feminam comments, even if you disagree violently with someone's opinion. It is just not that helpful or conducive to the open exchange of ideas to post comments like "haven't you read the literature for the last 10 years?" or words to that effect. Respect for one's adversaries will not be seen by third parties as weakness.

thank you


Robert J. Zatorre, Ph.D.
Montreal Neurological Institute
3801 University St.
Montreal, QC Canada H3A 2B4
phone: 1-514-398-8903
fax: 1-514-398-1338
e-mail: robert.zatorre@xxxxxxxxx
web site: www.zlab.mcgill.ca

Al Bregman wrote:
Dear list,

I would like to remind everyone that the AUDITORY list members come
from a variety of disciplines including experimental psychology,
linguistics (especially phonology), infant development, brain
sciences, music and other sonic arts, audio technology, artificial
intelligence, robotics, computer science, and speech and hearing
science.  For the last little while, the postings seem to have focused
heavily on a rather technical and heated discussion of the mechanics
of the cochlea.  It is impressive to see the enthusiasm of researchers
on this topic, but I hope that other people will not be discouraged
from interrupting this discussion with questions, announcements, and
messages on other topics.

Perhaps it would be a good idea if, when any group wishes to have a
prolonged discussion of a highly specialized topic, they form a
discussion group of interested parties.  It would then be of great
interest for the list as a whole to be brought up to date on the
thoughts, and maybe conclusions, of this specialized group if any of
its members were willing to take the trouble to write up summaries
from time to time.

Best to all,


Albert S. Bregman, Emeritus Professor
Psychology Department, McGill University
1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1B1.
Office:  Phone: (514) 398-6103, Fax: (514) 398-4896