[Taxacom] teleology example

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Thu Mar 7 00:01:05 CST 2013

On 2013-03-06 7:55 PM, Neal Evenhuis wrote:
> Well ... that may be our future. We're not writing for humans anymore -- just for electronic signals

Suddenly everyone is a critic. This is an example of synecdoche: using 
the whole for the part. It's no different from "The news America needs 
to hear"--of course the author doesn't mean the continent.

All this reminds me of heretic hunting to root out the evil of 
teleology, discovered because teleologers don't drown when you toss them 
in the river. Or something. If I were an early-career scientist, I'd 
never write anything that could be read by Taxacomers unless I had 
removed all figures of speech and words with multiple meanings.

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