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Ideas on the Internet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0160  Monday, 13 March 2006

From: 		Bill Arnold <
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Date: 		Friday, 10 Mar 2006 12:53:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 17.0131 Ideas on the Internet
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0131 Ideas on the Internet

Larry Weiss quotes, "The question of priority is old, vexed, subjective 
and subject to bias. If anyone were to 'propose' a new opinion on SHK, 
would he have a scholarly claim, or must that honor always go to first 
mention in a peer-reviewed publication?"

Then Larry Weiss writes, "This is an important issue.  I wonder if 
anyone has done a study of the speed and breadth of transmission of a 
new idea broached for the first time in an internet group."

There seems to be little doubt that history records the honor goes to 
the first discoverer or theorist.  In the sciences, the planet Neptune 
generally was first viewed by Galle of Germany in 1846, and although 
Frenchman Le Verrier often is cited, history records Englishman Adams 
first made the mathematical prediction of a planet beyond Uranus.

Exploring The Planets - Discovery - Discovering The Planets The British 
astronomer James Challis, using Adams' predictions, observed the ... Who 
should receive credit for discovering Neptune? Adams or Le Verrier who 
... www.nasm.si.edu/ceps/etp/discovery/disc_planets.html -
In the same light, history records that Pythagoras predicted a 
solar-centric planetary system, although most believe Copernicus was the 
first.
In the fine arts, as well, history usually finds the truth and records 
the truth, to the dismay of claimants and their followers to the 
contrary.  In other words, the notion of peer-reviewed publication takes 
second place to the *dating* of the discovery or theory, according to 
historians.  So, it makes no difference of the discipline or the players 
credentials, as long as someone has *priority.*

Bill Arnold

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