Re: [Slate] American Religious fervor, by the numbers

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Fri, 02 Jul 1999 10:51:42 -0700

That's pretty funny. Of course, as you know, the Web
scales where hypertext systems couldn't because of
of inexactness, informality, and inconsistency. If
it weren't all those agents and bots would be on

Just because something's inexact, doesn't mean you can't
derive value from it. Although I agree, for a mathematics
aficionado, exactness is a good property to observe.


Koen Holtman wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Jul 1999, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> [...]
> > I just thought it was a clever analogy wrt the good and evil God thread,
> > and might encourage a comment or two instead of some stickler.
> I should probably have known better than to jump into this thread and
> complain. I don't really care about this type of philosophy.
> It is just that the only redeeming quality of mathematics is its
> exactness. If you recast it into inexact language, it looses all value.
> And I have spent enough time deriving joy from the exactness of
> mathematics to get a bit upset when I see things like this being done to
> it.
> Koen.