[Taxacom] teleology example
calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Mar 7 05:03:03 CST 2013
But this was not a case of a figure of speech or of multiple meaning.
Purpose is purpose.
On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM, Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org> wrote:
> 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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