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The message below was obviously intended to the list.  It came to the list
manager (me) instead. 

Jeffrey Goldberg
 Note:  I am moving and changing many addresses, please see
Relativism is the triumph of convention over truth, authority over justice

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Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 11:23:07 +0100
From: Renate.Richter.Ftmba99-00@cranfield.ac.uk
To: Livia Markoczy <L.Markoczy@cranfield.ac.uk>
Cc: JDM_Course@cranfield.ac.uk, owner-som-jdm-course@cranfield.ac.uk
Subject: Re: [JDM] Comments on Qs 1, 3 & 4

Sometimes I think that the two credits for this course would have been
better spend on a self confidence course.
For me the entire Cranfield experience in term 1 and 2 was one of getting
over disappointments of subjectivity of the one who is marking an exam or
report with some highlights of utter surprise over the occasional
completely unexpected high mark.
I agree that a remark as 'one person seems to have missed the point' is not
very British sensitive and it is a great pity and frustration for that
person that he or she actually missed the point and not understood after
having spend so much time in classes and reading.   Nevertheless, Livia no
doubt has the best intentions with trying to start a discussion about the
exam, even though she has the power of the marker.
I think it is important not to take things like this personal and move on
without grudge because it happens in business life as well.  Though we are
of course human with our sensitivities, we shouldn't waste precious energy
on stuff like this.

                    Livia Markoczy                                                                                              
                    <L.Markoczy@Cranfield.ac.u        To:     JDM Course <som-jdm-course@Cranfield.ac.uk>                       
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                    22/06/00 10:44 AM                                                                                           
                    Please respond to Livia                                                                                     

I'm not sure whether this was intended for the list, but I would like
others opinions, so I am sending my response to the list (but removing
your name in case you want to be anonymous).

On Thu, 22 Jun 2000 XXXXX.Ftmba99-00@Cranfield.ac.uk wrote:

> Livia
> I am surprised !

> Comments like " one person appears to have missed the point of the
> question " and " in Q1 all but one of you got the main point ....." do
> nothing for the feelings of all those who think that one person might
> be them.

I am nearly certain that the one person knows exactly who they are.  If
you have to wonder, it isn't you.  And please think of it as being framed
differently.  Almost all of you got Q1.  That should inspire confidence.

As for Q4, after reading my answer sheet you would already know if you
didn't see the conflict between intuitive forms of justice (more toilets
for women) and economic efficiency/utilitarianism (fewer toilets for

So me saying that almost nobody got that should let most of you know that
you weren't alone in missing that.

I really had hoped that my messages would be reasuring, but if they are
having the opposite effect I will apologize and stop.

> While I am having great fun reading your model answers what really
> interests me is how I many marks I got in the exam.

I will know in a few days.  (Actually, I will only know by exam number, I
won't know by name in most cases).

> I wonder how you  would you feel if you were in our shoes?

I'm very sorry if this hasn't been helpful.  As I said, by looking at the
answer sheet and knowing what you wrote, you should have a pretty good
idea already.  If you already know that you missed Q4 then knowing that
almost everyone else did too should be reassuring.  If you are the one
person who misunderstood the Q1 (ie, did not see that the task was to
explain why (b) for both the deny and reward case and so did not see that
the solution was looking for confirmatory evidence) then you also already
know who you are.

I will repeat that on the whole you are all doing very very well.  I
considered Q4 the hardest (though Q6 may also be tricky) and a quick look
through suggests that you all did very well on the prospect theory

But I will stop with these messages if others share your views.  Feel free
to write to the list or to me personally if I have indeed blundered by
giving you so much information about how the exam grading is going.

Best regards,


Livia Markoczy                              | Cranfield School of
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