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  Animating Graphics in Cocoa, Part 1
Subject:   on the use of words "of course" to Socrates
Date:   2002-01-12 21:34:50
From:   psheldon
I tried putting in para's to insure paragraphs.
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I was terrified of a math professor once who would loudly intone each time he saw in a publication the words "of course" or "easy to prove" the hostile remark, "Well if it was so easy to prove, why didn't he spell it out". He would "play Socrates" and drive argument not coming from solid formal reasoning from either axiom or definition into the ground. He might have died reading Poincare, "Science and the Nature of Hypothesis". Me, I read half of it and then I went skiing. I mercifully never told him of this reading material.
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Whenever I see those words, I imagine that easily believing it might lead to him meeting me in some dim hallway somewhere and disproving my very existance. However, maybe I can glean some pivotal idea about how to react to these words in a somewhat less hostile and more hopeful fashion.
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Mike writes : "The receiver is, of course, animationView, the outlet to the view container, AnimationView. Simple as that." bottom my p.9 of my pdf ified printout.
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Context is helping me see how outlets work. There was some abstract writing about this somewhere which I dutifully read but rapidly forgot because I hadn't "gone through pain". I do need your heuristic context introduction to somewhat painfully motivate me for remembering or even better writing the formal abstract writing.
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I believe we might make the generality that the words "of course" always will indicate this human ambivalence. Perhaps there are other ways to write that "cover" this ambivalent feeling, though covering it too well may hurt the motivational aspect.


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