Why argue for a word that everyone agrees in confusing and some find loaded?

Because a lot of the people involved object to the semantics of the word not the word itself. And they will fight just as hard against any other word that seeks to point to that cluster in thingspace.

And they will fight just as hard against any other word that seeks to point to that cluster in thingspace.

The point is that there is no cluster in thingspace referred to by the word; the fact that there are so many diverging definitions shows that.

If he switches to another word or words that don't have basic definitional debates, then while people can object to his implications of using the word, they can't misinterpret or be confused over what is meant.

Rationality Quotes Thread June 2015

by Gondolinian 1 min read31st May 2015134 comments

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Another month, another rationality quotes thread. The rules are:

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