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    Sorry about the delay in responding. Busy...

    Sorry about the delay in responding. Busy busy...


    It's a separate dialect, more analogous to mandating British English over American English. (Of course, if the definition of "language" is "A...
  2. Thread: RETRIBUTIVISM

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    That's a very bad idea. If you shoot people for...

    That's a very bad idea. If you shoot people for robbery, what are you going to do to people for murder? If it's worse than shooting, murderers will simply shoot themselves to avoid being taken...
  3. Thread: FORGIVENESS

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    That sounds off to me. As you say, crucially,...

    That sounds off to me.

    As you say, crucially, forgiveness can be part of a mixed strategy. What makes forgiveness an adaptive strategy is that it lets people break out of cycles of retaliation,...
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    Yes, exactly. I wasn't actually making an...

    Yes, exactly.


    Do you mean that in that case the father's strategy was not good at helping to maximise the chances of the passing on of his genes?[/quote]
    I wasn't actually making an argument,...
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    Why do you say that? It's perfectly possible for...

    Why do you say that? It's perfectly possible for your brain to prefer for someone to do something your brain deems immoral. For example, a cop will often catch a criminal by tempting him into...
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    The evolutionary psychology approach to...

    The evolutionary psychology approach to explaining what caused morals to be what they are isn't about maximizing the perptrator's reproductive success. It's about maximizing the reproductive success...
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    I take it you're using "you" to mean some generic...

    This is just <expletive deleted> stupid.

    There are all sorts of situations in which you call a singular person "they/them", most notably when you are unsure or nonspecific concerning...
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    By "factitious" you mean "artificially created or...

    What your factitious argument creates is something bizarrely subjective and conditional to the speaker rather than the referent.[/quote]
    By "factitious" you mean "artificially created or developed"?...
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    Yes, but that's because this is a written...

    The point is, we don't need to know. "Donald" is a common male name in English. ... This is how natural language works -- 99% of the decisions going on in speech production and comprehension flow...
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    If you didn't intend to make that insinuation,...

    I reject and repudiate your inference about my intentions.[/quote]
    If you didn't intend to make that insinuation, you should choose your words more carefully. (As should I, no doubt.)


    I didn't...
  11. You are not an idiot. The earth rotates 366...

    You are not an idiot. The earth rotates 366 times in 365 days, which means 24 hours is about 361 degrees of rotation -- the extra degree makes up for the change of angle between the earth and the...
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    Who said they were? When the government of...

    No one is removing any grammatical function from the language.[/quote]
    Who said they were? When the government of Quebec orders people to use French instead of English, they aren't removing any...
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    The point is, we don't need to know. "Donald" is...

    The point is, we don't need to know. "Donald" is a common male name in English. "Don" is a standard short form for it. English speakers can read your internet handle, run their default algorithm,...
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    Well, that's not a good way to do it. Making it...

    I was trying to unmix the motives. I made it an accident so that deterrence and and rehabilitation wouldn't factor in.[/quote]
    Well, that's not a good way to do it. Making it an accident means...
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    You're mocking me, aren't you?[/buzzlightyear] ...

    Yes, that was quite a blunder. Apologies for the misrepresentation.[/QUOTE]
    You're mocking me, aren't you?[/buzzlightyear]

    Yes, it was quite a blunder. Take four suspects:

    Adam is innocent...
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    [consistency]

    [consistency]
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    Please yourself, of course; but you misstated my...

    Please yourself, of course; but you misstated my argument. I didn't argue that rejecting retributive punishment necessarily means one rejects the notion of not hurting the innocent because they...
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    That's an invalid inference. There are two more...

    That's an invalid inference. There are two more probable alternative explanations for why you'd get asked that.

    1. These people are surprised by your self-description, because it is abnormal...
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    Also because of one idiot medical clinic in Haiti...

    Also because of one idiot medical clinic in Haiti that didn't know how to properly sterilize its reusable hypodermic needles. Also because frequent transfusions had become a popular way to make...
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    I'm sorry I was careless about coming off as...

    I'm sorry I was careless about coming off as respectful, Mr. "Fascists prefer we describe people as they see them".
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    I think the distinctions you're drawing between...

    You've made a case for 'desert' not for retributive desert.

    I said this earlier:

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    I think the distinctions you're drawing between desert and retributive desert and between retribution...
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    True; but that's a lot less than half of two...

    True; but that's a lot less than half of two thirds of a point. Terms like Sir, Ma'am, Mr. and Mrs. don't raise the same linguistic issues as he/she/his/her/him.

    Those pronouns are among the most...
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    Ask and ye shall receive. ...

    Ask and ye shall receive.

    http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/questions-and-answers-about-gender-identity-and-pronouns

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/law/legal-guidances-gender-identity-expression.page
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    Yes, I get it, there are people whom you intend...

    Yes, I get it, there are people whom you intend to put out, and you value their time at zero. Are you a college professor with graduate students?

    https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~doug/1040-CI.ps
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    Come again? When the heck do English speakers...

    Come again? When the heck do English speakers ever address one another with gendered pronouns? What, pray tell, is the grammatical gender of "you"? This is not about how we address people. This...
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