Re: Display or appear (Was: Can "either" be used ... )

Subject: Re: Display or appear (Was: Can "either" be used ... )
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2001 15:45:38 -0400

Bruce Byfield wrote:
> Not that you asked (:-) ), but in case anyone else was wondering:
> "dormitive explanation" refers to a circular argument in which the fact
> that it's circular is hidden by the use of a synonym. The name refers to
> a classic example in a play by Moliere, in which a doctoral candidate
> explains that opium puts people to sleep because it contains a dormitive
> principle - in other words, it makes people sleep because it contains
> something that makes people sleep.
>
> The term was coined by Gregory Bateson, the cybernetics pioneer and
> one-time husband of Margaret Mead. It's a very common way for so-called
> experts to hide their lack of knowledge behind dormitive explanation. In
> some parts of academia, it's almost a way of life.

Because your explanation is lucid, it is clear and understandable. <g>

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Re: Display or appear (Was: Can "either" be used ... ): From: John Posada
Re: Display or appear (Was: Can "either" be used ... ): From: Bruce Byfield

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