On 21 Jul 1995, Steven Poet wrote:
> scientists a bad name. I'm advocating correct terminology. A virus
> will not stalk you.
That is a matter of semantics, not science. Stalk can mean to lie in wait
for a victim, or put yourself (through action or adaptation) in just the
right place to get the victim.
Clearly viruses do exactly that. This is what I mean by going overboard
trying to de-anthropomorphize. If a word fits the scenario, and is well
understood, use it. Next I expect we'll argue whether a tomato is a fruit
Your estimation of the odds that panic will be productive are probably
right, however, in the case of epidemiological cases, I suspect that the
odds in favor of productivity are better.
* Bob Morrell *
* bmorrell at isnet.is.wfu.edu *
* The operation was a success, as the autopsy will show *