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    Re: Lewis and Clark lunars: more 1803 Almanac data
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2004 Apr 21, 23:59 -0500

    I am posting above the original, which isn't marked with > in front of
    each line, since it came in HTML, which I turned off.
    I think Frank has a good case here. I am in no way a genius like
    Jefferson, but I often find myself thinking something is obvious when
    it isn't. He might well have believed anyone could do what was needed.
    On Wed, 21 Apr 2004 17:43:36 EDT, Frank Reed wrote:
    --Original Message Text---
    Kieran K wrote:
    "I would however ask our American colleagues why Jefferson did not send
    a trained expert like Ellicott out on the expedition. If Jefferson's
    intent was to map the West this would have seemed a logical thing to
    do, particularly as he had the earlier exemplary work of M & D as a
    This is a really interesting question. I suspect it has something to do
    with Jefferson's over-confidence. Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant man
    with wide-ranging interests including extensive knowledge of the
    sciences, much of it self-taught. But sometimes a little knowledge can
    be a dangerous thing. A great leader has to know when to seek expert
    advice and make decisions based on that advice rather than on his own
    personal base of knowledge. I don't think Jefferson was a "great
    leader" in this sense, despite (or even because of) his intellect. If
    he had asked experts in exploration, navigation, and surveying, they
    probably would have told him that a few weeks of training might not be
    sufficient for this task. But Jefferson would have made his decision
    based on his own approach to science. A self-taught genius may assume
    that things are easier than they really are.
    This is my personal speculation based on my recollection of Jefferson's
    biography. Nothing more.
    Frank E. Reed
    [ ] Mystic, Connecticut
    [X] Chicago, Illinois
    Rodney Myrvaagnes    Opinionated old geezer          J36 Gjo/a
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