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Post 141

warhead

Why is there cotton wool blasting our of your ears? Never mind, it's not really important, I don't suppose.

Now then, you said "it still doesn't falsify your statement which can be read as 'life is (among other things) a sexually transmitted fatal disease'." smiley - cheers

This is true, but I still can't help feeling the original was more pithy .... I said 'pithy.'


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Post 142

Researcher 185550

The original is soooo much more pithy.

"Life is (amongst other things) a(n) (a)sexually transmitted fatal disease."


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Post 143

warhead

We've lost the 'invariably' somewhere. Do you think it matters? Would it be taken as read?


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Post 144

Recumbentman

The original is fiiiiiine! Leave it alone!

Revising philosophy is rarely advisable. Mathematicians need paper, pencils and rubbers. Philosophers only need paper and pencils.


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Post 145

warhead

If more mathematicians used rubbers, there'd be less mathematicians.


smiley - run


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Post 146

Recumbentman

Are you of the American persuasion (where rubbers erase in advance)?


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Post 147

Researcher 185550

smiley - laughsmiley - laughsmiley - laugh

I can see you and I are going to go at loggerheads once again, Recumbentman. I like to revise my philosophy. My post back there, with the half finished clause could have done with revision.

And if I don't revise for my exam, i won't do as well as if I did.

By the way all, here's an interesting link: http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies


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Post 148

warhead

No, I'm English, but for the purposes of that witticism (if that's what it was) I WAS using 'rubbers' in its contraceptive sense.

I'm not a fan of Americanisms, as it happens, or AQI either. I think I must be a traditionalist.


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Post 149

Recumbentman

Nice one -- I've bookmarked that. They give a few good examples of 'Begging the question' but my favourite example of that fallacy is:

Taking a vote to determine whether a minority is being fairly treated.


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Post 150

Recumbentman

apologies!

AQI -- air quality index? (Has google let me down?)


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Post 151

warhead

Sorry. AQI = Australian Questioning Intonation. That nasty habit that kids in Australian soaps have of raising the tone of their voices at the end of every sentense to make it sound like a question. Unfortunatley it seems to be spreading to English kids as well, and some adults, who should know better.


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Post 152

Researcher 185550

I don't know. I do know that because of the quality disclaimer on google links, if you search google in google you can get them to say that they're completely unreliable.


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Post 153

Researcher 185550

Oops smiley - doh.

AQI is very annoying. Any brits, did you see Room 101 with Stephen Fry? He put that in there, and he did a sharp imitation of it as well.


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Post 154

warhead

Indeed I did. I'd never heard of it referred to as AQI before, but I was familiar with the concept. The other thing I liked was is disgust at the use of the word 'like' instead of 'He said,' 'I said' etc. The trouble is, I find myself doing it, and I'm like 'Whoah.' Y'know?


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Post 155

the_jon_m - bluesman of the parish

That is so like, annoying, innit


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Post 156

warhead

What? Finding myself doing it? Yes, it is, and I'm going to put a stop to it. Can't let standards slip.


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Post 157

Recumbentman

A tone of voice
A verbal choice
That make us want to doubt them;
Those little things
That pull our strings
What would we do without them? smiley - cheerup


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Post 158

Researcher 185550

smiley - smiley


It's funny how you can make everything a question? Even when it's not really a question? It can be really annoying?


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Post 159

warhead

Yes, but we're in danger of drifting into the realms of the 'Questions Only' thread QV which is probably not a good thing in here.

Another good way of annoying people is to repeat the last two words they said just after they said them.

Or finish their sentences for them.

Billy Connolly thinks there are two responses which fit ALL occasions.

1. Absolutely

2. Well, why not?

Discuss.


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Post 160

Researcher 185550

Genocide? Absolutely.

Genocide? Well, why not?

smiley - erm

Maybe.

Perhaps:

Absolutely not! or Well, why not?

And it rhymes.


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