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Comment author: orthonormal 02 February 2010 01:56:04AM 1 point [-]

Mr. Hen, I'm going to break custom and say something that may be regarded as poisoning the well. It's my conclusion that P.J. Eby is more or less a quack trying to drum up support for his psychological services, and that (in such an important matter as this) you shouldn't be trying to understand his jargon, let alone trying to take his advice.

His persistent trumpeting of perceptual control theory, which couples grandiose claims of precision with a complete lack of experimental support, is telling, and it's not the only red flag I've seen...

Comment author: MrHen 02 February 2010 02:42:58AM 1 point [-]

I am still willing to at least listen and dialog with pjeby, but I find it interesting that this comment is at +3 so quickly. Thank you for the warning (and concern). It does have an impact. (The karma swing helped.)

Comment author: pjeby 02 February 2010 04:10:21AM 7 points [-]

trying to drum up support for his psychological services

Right, that's why I recommended two books written by other people. You have brilliantly exposed my clever scheme:

  1. Offer assistance, while recommending books by other authors
  2. ????
  3. Profit!!!
Comment author: wedrifid 02 February 2010 09:29:51AM *  3 points [-]

Mr. Hen, I'm going to break custom and say something that may be regarded as poisoning the well.

I should note, now that the parent is at -1, that my vote does not represent disapproval of well poisoning, just disagreement in this instance. Pjeby's practical advice seems well founded to me and I believe it will benefit those willing to receive it.

I probably agree with you when it comes to the rigid use of PCT models and of his custom jargon. I find PJ's practical experience more useful than his abstract theorizing. I would not vote except, as you say, the matter is important. Even more so when someone's reputation is at stake.