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2 years ago#101
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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2 years ago#102
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.
2 years ago#103
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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2 years ago#104
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.
2 years ago#105
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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2 years ago#106
Medical terms are strictly defined, AFAIK.

Your med school education would be spent learning these definitions.
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2 years ago#107
OrangeWizard posted...
Medical terms are strictly defined, AFAIK.


How far do you know?
2 years ago#108
I put ARS on ignore and 45 messages in this topic are hidden. I guess the man likes his semantics...
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2 years ago#109
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.
2 years ago#110
^^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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