Mnemonics in Ancient India - AitAar

Arlo Griffiths griffithsa at RULLET.LEIDENUNIV.NL
Tue May 23 11:36:02 UTC 2000

Dear Steve,

I second Dominik's words entirely.

    As I also wrote in a personal email, I think that --- valuable as the
discussion you have started is --- it would be appropriate for you to
present arguments/evidence, instead of continuing to make bold statements
against Falk's work in the discussion (also at "recent claims that writing did
not enter India until the mid-third century BCE  are rejected on strong
evidential grounds"), without actually presenting the 'strong' evidence
which you claim to have. This is unfair to Falk.

-- Arlo Griffiths

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>From: Dominik Wujastyk <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK>
>Subject: Re: Mnemonics in Ancient India - AitAar
>Date: din, 23 mei 2000 1:24 PM

> On Sun, 21 May 2000, Steve Farmer wrote:
>> Proof is tough, but that's true in every scientific discipline. All
>> you can do when an historical issue is ambiguous is weigh the evidence
>> on both sides and make a tentative judgment.
> But this is exactly what Falk has been doing, surely.  Falk has looked
> longer and harder at the issue of ancient Indian writing than any other
> living scholar I can think of, except perhaps Richard Salomon.  He has
> personally walked to all the known Asokan inscription sites.  He has
> developed very interesting arguments based on graphic variablility in the
> Asokan inscriptions, etc. etc.
> Patrick is a much respected colleague and friend, and I'm sure he would be
> the first to agree that you can't present his informal conversational
> musings on this topic at the same level as Falk's extensive and sustained
> scholarly enquiry.
>> especially when some of the most important adherents of non-mainsteam
>> views are no longer on this list?
> To whom are you referring?  The people I have had to unsubscribe for rude
> behaviour number no more than about four people, and none of them -- if I
> recall -- contributed to the present topic in past discussions.  The
> INDOLOGY membership still stands at over 600 people.  I don't think you
> can really sustain a view that this list is somehow lacking in people with
> diverse views and a willingness to discuss scholarly issues energetically,
> even in sharp disagreement.  My policy about rudeness is exactly that; it
> has nothing to do with supressing views of one or other faction.
> --
> Dominik Wujastyk
> Founder, INDOLOGY list.

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