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This is not the Europeans, this is really Colman and Migeru, who have taken on the thankless task of reminding us that there are a number of words that we use without really thinking about it, and trying to make us explicit what we have in mind when we do use these words.

I personally think it is a worthwhile exercise. Their tone is not testy, just genuinely curious, i think - it's just that it's uqestions that seem so strange to us because we don't ever think about these things otherwise.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:58:00 PM EST
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You're too kind. The truth is Colman and I are both mathematicians, versed in category theory, and grumpy to boot. So we mess with your heads.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 18th, 2007 at 04:10:12 AM EST
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versed in category theory ... So we mess with your heads.

Well it has to have some practical use.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jul 18th, 2007 at 04:20:27 AM EST
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Are you saying you do it on purpose?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 18th, 2007 at 04:28:28 AM EST
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