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post #2904 of Old 12-22-2013
Brent Swain
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Brent, I would never heckle guys like Ignaz Semmelweis, Eratosthenes (not Columbus - you're confusing him with Magellan - but even that's not correct in your example), Gutenberg (not Guttenburg), Franklin, or even Dr. Roger Bacon. Those guys were all enlightened geniuses.

I only heckle luddite morons who continually claim to be enlightened geniuses.
Had you been alive in their time, you would have heckled them mercilessly, and declared them all luddite morons. You are definitely of the groupthink , whatever is in style to think at the moment, type of advocate. Only the passage of time, and history since then, gives you the benefit of hindsight, foresight not being anywhere in your makeup.

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
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