[From Bill Powers (2002.04.09.21328 MDT)]
Here is a message forwarded from Isaac Kurtzer. As he suspects, I do not
agree with him, but I will defend to the death his right to speak his mind.
Not _my_ death, of course.
The "CSG funds" mentioned are not general CSG funds, but a special fund
earmarked by donors for a specific purpose.
At 12:34 AM 4/10/2002, you wrote:
Bill, I am not able to send a message directly to the net right now. I'll
have to track down the reason. Could you forward this message for me in the
I know it might not agree with your take but I think its a valid point.
Thanks in advance.
I don't think the investment into the robot fund is the best use of funds
for CSG. Right now its seems like maybe a grand is going towards it with
there being no clear goal, no deadline, nor a participant that is interested
and capable of making an impact on the relevant literature. I don't even
think that is a goal at all. And if so, why give money for a toy? Basically,
Dr. Abbott is not an engineer and has no interest in becoming one, Bill
thinks of this as a hobby, and Dr. Kenneway is busy already. If CSG funds
are to be used I suggest they be used to fund a specific scientific project
with a person that already has expertise in the field. For example, I
suggest using that money for Dr. Abbott to do a series of animal learning
experiments, or for Dr. McClelland to study group behavior, or Dr. Vancouver
to do something with organizational psychology: a specific scientific
question led by a person with the relevant knowledge.