I disagree. It could be a joke, or it could be the result of a kind of "magical thinking" whose perpetrator knows that in principle they're entirely separate concepts but is convinced that the commonality of names must be significant, or it could simply be the result of very shallow thinking -- reading lots of things, picking up key words but not really understanding them. The latter two shade into one another.

I think (but realise I am not sure on what basis, so it may be rubbish) that this sort of failure mode is not uncommon for people with som... (read more)

It could be a joke

It takes some skill to be able to joke on that level. Someone who thinks that names a significant usually has more seriousness in their writing.

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by David_Gerard 1 min read18th Aug 201481 comments


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