The Science of Democracy

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Whom it may concern

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 13 Jun 2018 12:00 CST

Subject: myway003 - GENERALITIES...

Back in the early 50's a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Minnesota took five years. If, at the end of three years, with adequate grades, the student could switch to a four year Bachelor of Science degree and spend the fifth year plus one quarter working on a Master of Mechanical Engineering.

I chose the toughest professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Professor Thomas Murphy. He gave me a job on a research project during my fourth year and a Westinghouse Fellowship for the fifth year. Office space was included, as was participation in morning and afternoon coffee and discussion.

It is really interesting, participation in a group of professors, PHD and Master candidates. Especially a group that would call "generality" when any individual spoke such.

A generality is so general as to be false, by definition. "People are dumb" is a generality, obviously false, but not a lie, which implies purpose to deceive. It is generally an expression of frustrated feelings.

President Trump speaks in generalities, quite often, and the media call it a lie. Obviously, a problem. The President of the United States is not allowed to operate on his feelings.  After all, who cares about his feelings.

Need I say that those two years with Professor Tom Murphy as being educational, having members of the group identifying a generality when spoken. One develops a strong anti-generality position.

To be continued -

I really believe in public discussion; however, Email is the best process for my software in it's present state. Please put a "MYWAY" in your title to get my attention. rest assured, I am working on a better system.

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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