No apologies needed (Bruno Repp )

Subject: No apologies needed
From:    Bruno Repp  <repp(at)ALVIN.HASKINS.YALE.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 16 May 2001 10:35:41 -0700

With regard to Alain's recent apology (which resulted from an admonition by some senior member of this list?): I don't think any apologies are needed. Alain's criticisms, even if sometimes far-fetched, are extremely valuable in probing the soundness of the interesting and provocative results that Martin has reported. If someone publishes such results, he/she should be prepared for criticisms of all sorts and should be delighted rather than annoyed by them--if he/she can refute them. This is a scientific game of attack and defense that we all should enjoy playing. A critic rarely intends to offend; rather, he/she is showing his/her intense interest in the subject matter and thus is paying homage to the author. One criticism is worth more than 100 congratulations! --Bruno Bruno H. Repp Research Scientist Haskins Laboratories 270 Crown Street New Haven, CT 06511-6695 Tel. (203) 865-6163, ext. 236 FAX (203) 865-8963 e-mail: repp(at)

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