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post #14 of Old 04-02-2004
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what''''s up with sail twist?

I dunno -- I''m not much of a sailing expert -- I''ve spent more time in the library than on the racecourse... But I do know something about the development of technical ideas in science and engineering, and I know that often times ideas are really faddish. The "conventional wisdom" becomes accepted simply by repetition... The experts all start quoting each other, and pretty soon everyone starts accepting something (like "more twist in waves") as gospel truth without actually going out and doing the hard work of experimenting.

That''s why I got interested in your contrrarian position, especially given your willingness to experiment for yourself.
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