Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/27

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Subject: Re: [Leica] The perception of photographic quality
From: Jim Colburn <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 17:46:00 -0600

Eric wrote:
>When someone knows details of something, and thus is biased as to how to 
>interpret a situation, there will be discrepancies. People lie to the 
>press. Things can be hard to understand. The reporter was rushed and didn't 
>ask all the questions needed to be asked. The interview can't cover all 
>bases. There are lots of reasons. No one story is going to get all the 
>answers to life's problems right. Over a long period of time, the truth 
>comes out.
	Eric, out of curiosity, I bought a copy of the book "The Bell Curve" a few
months ago.  After reading the book I didn't understand why everyone was so
upset by it.  I started reading reviews and responses in the popular and
professional media.  
	Then I started contacting people who wrote the reviews.  
	More than eight hundred pages were written by the 43 people (on three
continents) I've managed to contact so far (one hundred three letters are
as yet unanswered).  Across the board, they attacked the book and its
authors.  None of those 43 people read the book.  The general concensus was
that the book had to be wrong, so they didn't have to read it! 
	Eric, since the media isn't biased, I must be misunderstanding the
situation.  From your perspective, could you explain it to me?
Jim Colburn
PS-And could ANYONE point me to a site that will explain how to load a
Leica IIIf?