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Jul
16
comment A critical situation in which no trick works?
Consider "at an impasse".
Jul
15
revised Alternative to “a bunch”?
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Jul
4
comment Does an antonym of ''freezing'' as a descriptor of weather exist?
Baking, broiling, burning, scorching, cooking, anything that connotes being cooked, heated, or burned.
Jul
2
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Jun
27
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
@Sybeus Your latest comment was helpful and I appreciate your taking the time to explain. I understand now what you are getting at.
Jun
27
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
@Sybeus P.S., saying "Straw man much?" makes it about me (how often I may do it), instead of about the supposed straw man (exactly how my argument is a straw man you didn't specify), thus you are guilty of ad hominem in this case. Wheee! We can name logical fallacies at each other!
Jun
27
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
@Sybeus My point is that telling the grieving their loved one still exists in a form that isn't in some essential way still their loved one isn't a comfort. I could just as well say "you've probably ingested one of his molecules since his death, so he lives on in you." That's comforting?
Jun
27
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
@Sybeus If someone, by "Besso is in my thoughts", meant that his existence continues there, I'd call that false. Besso doesn't exist in thoughts after his death any more than he existed in them before his death.
Jun
27
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
@Sybeus I think there's a big difference between "Besso isn't entirely gone [as he is continues into the future in altered but real form]" and "Besso isn't entirely gone [because though entirely destroyed, the past is part of the present Whole Thing spacetime continuum]". The second is just cheap weasel-wording. Saying "Besso will always be in our thoughts" is different: despite its wording, it doesn't say where Besso really is--it's just a way of indicating that you care. So, I don't agree with you.
Jun
26
comment Need a word-pair along the lines of simulacra
Changeling, golem, mock (as a noun), virtual
Jun
26
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
@JamesRyan I can see what you're saying, I just really don't like stock phrases. Is it possible, though to actually say what you'd really like them to get, using words that are a little different each time? Cribbing from your words, how about "I wish I could comfort you some way. Losing X is a great loss. You don't have to do a thing." I don't know... I just don't like formulaic well-wishing.
Jun
26
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
"I'm sorry for your loss" seems so trite and overused, to me. How about getting away from the formulaic precise phrase and just speaking from the heart? How about, "I can't imagine what you're going through, and wish I could help you somehow. I've been thinking about you a lot and I'm here for you if there's any way I can help."? Okay, maybe you don't want to say all that, but can you not find some way to speak from the heart?
Jun
26
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
How is this expressing condolences? There's no sympathy, support, or sadness in "that means nothing" and "a persistent illusion."
Jun
26
comment Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
@JimMack On the other hand, doctors saying "I'm sorry" is almost never usable in court as admission of guilt, and furthermore, apologizing prevents lawsuits far more often than it causes them. It's good practice for doctors to say "I'm sorry that X happened" after an error or loss, even if not caused by that doctor.
Jun
17
comment What does “Nothing doing as he took it right to him” mean?
I think no is a poor rendering of nothing doing. A better explanation is "that isn't/wasn't going to happen".
Jun
5
revised I can run faster than _____. (1) him (2) he?
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Jun
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revised I can run faster than _____. (1) him (2) he?
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revised Alternative to “a bunch”?
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Jun
4
comment Alternative to “a bunch”?
@ArlaudPierre why not?
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revised Alternative to “a bunch”?
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