Two recent e-mails from Mr. Bill Polhemus speak for themselves both
substantially and formally. Any argument at Mr. Bill Polhemus' level
belongs (again, both in form and substance) at an elementary school's
playground rather than at a forum of Professionals; therefore, I cannot and
will not lower myself to a debate with Mr. Bill Polhemus.
At the same time, as a matter of the first and final response, some basic
citations seem very appropriate for the situation (quoted from Webster's
Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language).
CIVIL - "adhering to the norms of polite social intercourse; not deficient
in common courtesy";
MANNERS - "ways of behaving with reference to polite standards"; and
ETHIC - "a complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an
Mr. Bill Polhemus did not (could not?) demonstrate either BASIC CIVILITY, or
BASIC MANNERS, or BASIC ETHICS. And it is very unfortunate indeed, because,
according to the aforementioned source, the term ETHIC may be also defined
as "the body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive for a
particular culture or group."
Dr. Vyacheslav "Steve" Gordin, Ph.D,
Registered Structural and Civil Engineer
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