An AMAZING book!

<[Bill Leach 951202.04:00 U.S. Eastern Time Zone]


I hope that my comments do not disturb Phil's perception for propriety
but I just finished reading "Casting Nets and Testing Specimens/Two Grand
Methods of Psychology".

Indeed, reading his recent postings to Rick "reminded" me that I had
still not read his "Castings" book.

I already knew that all of the "PCT oldtimers" have a great deal of
respect for Phil Runkel and last night (through this morning) I found out
in part WHY!

In one "very readable", indeed delightfully enjoyable book of only about
200 pages, I was "taken on a trip" through the world of behavioural
science. In that book I have read the best and the clearest summary of
PCT and the implications of PCT that I have so far encountered.

Though this is a hypothesis that I will have to attempt to test, I am
sure that Phil's work, while devoid of the exacting and detailed work of
Bill P. and others (intentionally so), is so clear, so well stated that
it seems to me to be almost impossible for any reasonably intelligent
person to "not get it".

Others that I have attempted to expose to PCT found B:CP "difficult to
understand and follow" (though personally, I felt like Bill was an old
friend and colleague writing me a personal letter). I quickly found
however that my enthusiasm was not necessarily shared by others.

Additionally, while cutting through the hype without either trivializing
the matter nor disparaging the value of other research methods, Phil
clearly shows how and why most current behavioural research methods are
flawed. He does this without denying the value or potential value of
other methods (when employed properly).

Even a casual once through reading of this work much less some measure of
the study and careful consideration it deserves made it obvious to me
that a great many megabytes of CSG-L net traffic (and even "hurt
feelings") could have been avoided if the battling participants had ALL
read this fine work!

To Phil:

First, I thank you and look forward to reading your next effort!

Secondly, while I can not tell you _who_ originated the quote or even
when, I can tell you a bit more about it and give you the two lines that
you did not include. :slight_smile:

It seems that it originated in the U.S. Navy and probably prior to 1950.
It was probably an expression of dissatisfaction concerning the
maintenance and inspection activities employed by the Navy when it was

The full text is:

Measure with a micrometer.
Mark with a grease pencil.
Cut with an axe.
Beat to fit
and ...
paint to match.