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The semantics on this board is killing me

#101fudrickPosted 3/1/2013 10:05:09 PM(edited)
For the record, I think I've mud characterized you a bit too. I thought you were basically rabidly opposed to anyone ever using the term atheism to refer to a passive disbelief in deities
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#102AynRandySavagePosted 3/1/2013 10:19:00 PM(edited)
fudrick posted...
For the record, I think I've mud characterized you a bit too. I thought you were basically rabidly opposed to anyone ever using the term atheism to refer to a passive disbelief in deities


No, not at all. There is definitely a very established base of people who define atheism as the lack of belief in deities. I'm happy to let them to that. I just want to make sure they don't bully other people into accepting their terminology.

edit: And I'm just as opposed to bullying people to accept my terminology as well.
#103SirThinkALotPosted 3/1/2013 10:27:13 PM
In one of the philosohy classes I took(I think it was intro to metaphysics) one of the first things my professor said was that when writing or discussing philosophy, half your time will be spent defining terms.

Sadly, he was not exaggerating.
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#104AynRandySavagePosted 3/1/2013 10:29:02 PM
SirThinkALot posted...
In one of the philosohy classes I took(I think it was intro to metaphysics) one of the first things my professor said was that when writing or discussing philosophy, half your time will be spent defining terms.

Sadly, he was not exaggerating.


Just be glad you didn't go to med school.
#105SirThinkALotPosted 3/1/2013 10:34:16 PM
AynRandySavage posted...
SirThinkALot posted...
In one of the philosohy classes I took(I think it was intro to metaphysics) one of the first things my professor said was that when writing or discussing philosophy, half your time will be spent defining terms.

Sadly, he was not exaggerating.


Just be glad you didn't go to med school.


Why is that? I have a hard time imagining that med students spend extended periods of time arguing over the exact nuance of termonolgy(although I could be wrong on that).
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#106OrangeWizardPosted 3/1/2013 10:46:03 PM
Medical terms are strictly defined, AFAIK.

Your med school education would be spent learning these definitions.
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#107AynRandySavagePosted 3/1/2013 11:07:11 PM
OrangeWizard posted...
Medical terms are strictly defined, AFAIK.


How far do you know?
#108Fingerpuppet(Topic Creator)Posted 3/1/2013 11:46:50 PM
I put ARS on ignore and 45 messages in this topic are hidden. I guess the man likes his semantics...
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#109AynRandySavagePosted 3/1/2013 11:51:42 PM
Fingerpuppet posted...
I put ARS on ignore and 45 messages in this topic are hidden. I guess the man likes his semantics...


If you don't like it when people challenge you,this whole board will be invisible to you before long.
#110JonWood007Posted 3/2/2013 12:00:34 AM(edited)
^^I don't think it's that we don't like being challenged. It's that we find semantics debates boring. Maybe they'reuseful in FORMAL philosophical debates, but most people here debate casually. Not to mention I think we can get our substance across in such an informal setting without arguing over every little word.
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