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Humanist Archives: Nov. 6, 2018, 11:26 a.m. Humanist 32.161 - is it necessary to catch the hares?

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        Date: 2018-11-06 11:01:03+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: is it necessary to catch the hares?

In a mildly agreeable review of an essay of mine -- remarkable given 
that the reviewer is well-known to be formidable -- this person 
commented that "This article sets many hares running... without much 
apparent interest in catching any of them." I had not thought of what I 
was doing in quite those terms, but (to adopt the reviewer's) their 
release was deliberate. The comment leads me to wonder if doing that is 
a bad thing, whether others do it and if it is particularly 
characteristic of authors who are wanting their readers to think about 
something that is not often or not properly considered -- a kind of 
implicit 'as-if'. The reviewer has made me realise that I do this 
releasing of hares TO SEE IF OTHERS WILL RUN AFTER THEM and catch what I 
cannot, because I don't know how, all the time.

Should I see a therapist or continue releasing hares?

Comments if not answers welcome.


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of
Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western
Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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