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I read a thing years ago that when teaching formal logic, some teachers use
silly words in place of P and Q. It turns out that understanding formal
logic is hindered by these silly names, as it seems to draw attention to the
wrong thing in our brains.
Personally, I would just use your ideas, like Jean Poole. Close enough to be
P and Q without being real names.
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Behalf Of Cindy Daoust
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 9:30 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Help with fake names issue
I have been provided with a list of acceptable names to use in a training
project that includes things like "Deadlines, Expects Many,"
"Flare, Shiny Red" and "Paint, Many Colors."
As an alternative, I presented a list of names like "Sarah Bellum,"
"Les Payne," and "Jean Poole" (it's a medical application) and most people
liked it. But there is an objection that if it could possibly be a name of
someone anywhere that it can't be used.
Someone pointed out that if Beyonce can name her daughter "Blue Ivy"
that nothing can be ruled out for a name. But some are still fearful of
I feel the users will be distracted by these names.
Any advice on how to argue successfully in case of a better set of names
would be much appreciated.
aka "Glass, Empty Water"
P.S. Back on the list after a few years off in the non-profit sector.
Nice to be back.
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