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    Re: Lunars using Bennett
    From: Wolfgang K�berer
    Date: 2008 Jul 8, 11:32 +0200

    Frank,
    
    just 2 remarks and then I' ll be quiet:
    
    You wrote:
    "Such absurdity over conversations about navigation!"
    
    I would agree with you if the conversations were always polite. But what
    about your following statement adressed to George:
    
    "Your experience with their history comes mostly from Cotter's book and
    various other muddled modern sources like Howe, and also from late
    19th/early 20th century textbooks and navigation manuals which were
    published long, long after the period when lunars were commonly used at sea.
    You learned lunars from mediocre sources, and it is no wonder that they
    cause you so much confusion and that you are so convinced about their
    supposed difficulties. YOU have a lot to learn, George."
    
    For one thing: how do you know all these things about George? To me they are
    just speculations/inferences on which you are basing a judgement of George
    as a person. That in itself goes way beyond "conversation". And a second
    thing: This sounds exactly like a teacher of yesterday telling a stupid
    pupil off in a sneering tone. If you think that you can regard George as
    that, that's up to you, but I don't. And I will voice this opinion whenever
    necessary. But maybe it's just the peevishness of "Old Europeans" that
    cannot understand the open talk of other advanced cultures.
    
    And:
    
    In stark contrast to your usual precision, you are again rather carefree in
    saying that somebody else is "wrong":
    "PS: Wolfgang mentioned the wrong message number previously. "
    
    I recommended: "reading in the archive the posts after No. 3360."
    Now the post you pointed to is 3372. In Old Europe 3372 is after 3360, so
    what's "wrong" with that.
    
    P.S. I hate picking on such detail, but as this group loves to discuss arc
    seconds in celestial navigation, I feel obliged to point out arc seconds in
    truth.
    
    Wolfgang
    
    Dr. Wolfgang K�berer
    Wolfsgangstr. 92
    D-60322 Frankfurt am Main
    Tel: + 49 69 95520851
    Fax: + 49 69 558400
    e-mail: koeberer@navigationsgeschichte.de
    
    
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