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Which is more likely - persuading a left-winger that it's possible to make the 99% as rich as the 1%, or persuading a right-winger to arm 3-year-olds?

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You're right about Ireland of course, but Trump doesn't know that. When he says Ireland, he probably means the Republic of Ireland because he has a golf course there - which he probably thinks is in ...

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Context is ALWAYS important. Let's look at your see/saw thought experiment that supposedly shows "how a comment alone can miraculously reveal the intention". You thought you removed the context but y...

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Science hasn't disproven religion, it explains religion.

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Oman is not "hot as usual". It just broke a record. By definition, that is not "as usual". Ironically, breaking records is now usual.

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I'm not sure you've quite got the hang of this context thing. Imagine we have a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. They appear to fit together, but we are arguing over what they represent. Widening the c...

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"Context' appears to be your new go-to excuse, your new meme..." Actually, it was more of an epiphany. I came to see how important context is to a disagreement. Context doesn't really...

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I checked my reference to "historical text". The only match I could find was me writing: "I bet you analyse historical texts, so there are no authors alive who can verify the ac...

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"Do you think that everything you teach to a baby qualifies as 'indoctrination'? Do you indoctrinate a baby in how to hold their eating utensils perhaps?" No. Indoct...

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You told me you analyse historical text for a living. I didn't make it up. I remember thinking it was fortunate that it was historical text you analysed, because the authors are dead and so could ...

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Yes, let's have less indoctrination. But in reality, no indoctrination is impossible. Babies in their first few years are not capable of critical thinking, so they are necessarily indoctrinated.

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I'm saying all babies have to be indoctrinated with something. Baby minds can't remain blank for their first few years. I would prefer babies to be indoctrinated with humanist rather than reli...

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"I think I sense a Walter-definition coming...." Not a definition, more an observation. Parents teach their children what they believe. Of course they do, it's how we...

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All babies are indoctrinated, at least until when they start thinking critically, which is usually around 5 years old.
You could prevent indoctrination by isolating a baby for its first few year...

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We need more babies indoctrinated with humanist values, and fewer babies indoctrinated with religious values.

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"Harris is smarter than half the population" is not the context. It is a bunch of words that without context mean very little. Is Harris a clever hamster who escaped his cag...

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Context is ALWAYS important. Without context, you can't know the implication of the text. Perfect example is your very own phrase "insects make honeycomb". Without context, the implicati...

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Did you miss your first text analysis class - the one on how context is king? "You only have to be above average to be smarter than half the people" is technically correct, but more importan...

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There is no problem with using 'above average' and 'half the people' in the same sentence as I did, because both phrases are used at similar levels of approximation.

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I did not use a basic mathematical term incorrectly. Median is a type of average.

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