July 27, 2002
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DOWNLOADING DRAFT ESSAYS FROM
WAYS OF RELATING
This web page is intended to facilitate downloading of the essays
I have written as part of my unfinished book, tentatively entitled, Ways
of Relating. Eventually the whole book will be online, but that
time is far in the future. Note that the essays come in three formats:
WordPerfect 10, pdf, and html. The links will only work if you download
the WordPerfect files, but you can probably figure out the correct links
from the pdf and html versions also.
IMPORTANT: READ THE MATERIAL ON EXTENSIONS
BELOW (SHOWN IN RED).
WHERE TO GET THE ESSAYS
Presumably you arrived at this web page from the main page showing what
will eventually become the book's table of contents. (If you didn't
get here that way, here is a link to it.)
After you've finished reading these instructions, return to that page.
It shows each essay, each separate chapter's table of contents, and so
on. Those essays I'm ready to let people see have been made into
links, so all you have to do is click on the link to get the essay you
want. Essays having no links are those not ready for prime time.
However, if you are particularly interested in a particular subject, email
me and we'll see what we can arrange. Please note, however, that
even if there is a link and you are able to download the essay, it is still
in draft unless I specifically indicate otherwise, and I ask that you not
quote from it or refer to it without asking me first. Also note that
all the material is copyrighted by me (or by the copyright owner, for work
quoted beyond the limits of "fair use").
LEVELS OF COMPLETION
As I work on an essay I indicate its "completion level", i.e., how complete
I consider it or - to be blunt - how frustrating it will be to read it.
This completion level will appear under each link. I value your comments
and hope for your feedback, but these essays are posted "as is".
I don't want to be censoring myself as I write for fear they won't look
polished. If you find that the essay(s) require more work to read
than you are willing to give, don't read them. But as I say, all
criticism that helps me improve the book is welcome. I don't even
demand that it be constructive, because even your failing to grasp a point
tells me that I need to explain it better. (Not to mention that I
might indeed be wrong and surely want to know it, regardless!) I
do ask that you not flame me -- call me names or otherwise abuse me --
if you don't like my opinions.
DOWNLOADING AN ESSAY
The links on this web page are to the various essays constituting the book.
When you click on a link, what should happen is that your internet browser
-- I use Netscape -- will ask you whether you want to open the file or
save it. The essays themselves are in WordPerfect 6/7/8/9/10 format,
and if your browser recognizes that fact (and you have WordPerfect), clicking
on "open the file" will start up WordPerfect (if it wasn't already started)
and open it as a regular document to read, print, whatever.
WHAT? -- YOU DON'T HAVE WORDPERFECT? NO PROBLEM!
If you don't use / don't have WordPerfect, Microsoft Word can convert the
files to its format, and they should interlink properly then. (I
imagine many other word processing programs can do the same.) If
the conversion doesn't work, please write me so that I can add the appropriate
instructions here. However, that will not happen automatically:
you have to save the file into a directory on your computer and then use
your word processor to open it.
SAVING THE ESSAYS PROPERLY
The essays are designed with links inside them so
that you can jump easily from essay to essay. For example, every
essay ends with a set of links to the main table of contents and to the
different chapters and appendices. These links are mostly for my
convenience in editing, but you may find them useful also. However,
the interlinking of the essays will only work if you (i) download all essays
into the same subdirectory of your computer and (ii) keep the names as
they are when downloaded (i.e., without "extensions" like ".doc" or ".wpd"
or ".StevesBook"). Netscape, for example, will attempt to download
the file with an extension of ".htm". I can't find any way to prevent
this, but once it is downloaded I just rename the file to its original
form (i.e., without the extension).
Even with the false extension, however, my WordPerfect
10 program (and my Word 9 program) will recognize that the file is indeed
a WordPerfect file (regardless of its extension) and will read it successfully.
Apparently some word processors do not do that.. If you have troubles
with your word processor (and/or web browser), let
me know and I'll try to help. Be sure to include their name &
version when you write.
TABLE OF COMPLETION LEVELS
||DEGREE OF COMPLETION AND/OR EASE OF READING
Published and reviewed
Final, revised copy ready to submit to publisher
Ready to submit to prospective publishers
After clarification of the logic through a "paragraph outline" process,
but still awaiting polished writing
After all arguments have been elaborated; no sections are missing
or truncated; however, there are some jumps of logic
After most arguments have been elaborated, although the logic may not
be completely clear and less important (or more obvious) sections may be
left quite rough.
Although perhaps short and/or sketchy and/or lacking the final edge
of logic, it pretty well indicates what I want to say.
You have to work to detect the logic underneath the argument, which
may be incomplete; some portions may be mere outlines or even a few
At this level the essay is pretty much in outline form, with perhaps
some sections filled in.
At this level, the essay is basically random, uncoordinated, incomplete
notes, with the logic communicated only via ESP.