On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 7:21 PM, Ray Saintonge wrote
On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 1:14 AM, David Goodman
I am proud of my work, not of my name being on my
work. that's narcissism.
In any case, I find it hard to see how, in this particular context, you
could be proud of your work but not at least prefer your name to be on it.
If you've achieved something of great value to yourself and to others, isn't
it better for you, and for everyone, if people know you achieved it?
I guess that some of us are nothing more than unrepentant altruists. We
believe that free works belong to everybody. If something is of great
value to you don't need for anyone to tell you that; you already know
it. How does knowing that you produced something make the idea any
better or worse than it would be without that knowledge. How is knowing
that you did it better for everyone? Pride, after all, is one of the
seven deadly sins.
Well, David said he *is* proud of his work, so your "seven deadly
argument apparently isn't the one he was resting on. As for how sharing
your name is better for everyone, I think it's fairly clear that a work of
non-fiction is better if you know who wrote it, and further I think it's
also clear that when someone creates a great work it is beneficial to know
who created it so that one can find more works by that person. So that's
how it benefits society.
I wouldn't want to suggest that David was a fallen angel.
Whether you know who wrote a work or not it's still the same work. It's
a non-sequitur to draw the conclusion that you do. Following your line
of reasoning we should all bow down before the Encyclopedia Britannica
and give up Wikipedia because EB is better. Sure, a person who likes
the works of a particular author will seek out more of his works, but
that can be much more about better marketing than a better book.
Where's the benefit to society.
How it benefits the individual is even more
obvious, to the point that I don't even think I have to explain it.
We don't really have a difference about benefit to the individual.