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This is one of those cases where I wish bloggers would use a "scientific paper" format.

Is it impossible to give a VERY short abstract containing your "take-home" lesson prior to jumping into the article/diary/whatever?  This might be a GREAT article but I don't know if I want to invest the time reading this whole bugger so I tend to blow it off or bookmark it for later but later never arrives.

Think about it folks.  An abstract to start an article?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 09:02:29 AM EST
This is your abstract:
European Tribune: Metaphysics of the coming age
Of course you will be wanting me to justify or defend this title.  So perhaps I had better admit at the outset that I cannot.  Nobody knows what the coming age will be, nor what metaphysics it will either accept, or require.  Nonetheless, that is where I would have us turn our minds, for consideration and speculation.  

This is, obviously, a heat-generating topic.  Metaphysics is like religion, indeed, as it is concerned with the fundamental structure and meaning of the world (or of life) it IS religion, where religion exists.  And where religion does not, metaphysics takes on the religious passion.  

But I would have us consider it anyway, because whatever we believe, it is likely to change.  Circumstances alone will see to that.  My goal here is not to seek agreement, but to find possibilities--more important than what is precluded (although some notions will be being shed) is what is allowed.  

And the whole thing is 2000 words - you can speed-read it if you want.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 09:24:10 AM EST
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You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 10:15:55 AM EST
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OK, this is getting nowhere.  Assuming I have the time a little later, I will read and reread this article and publish what I believe to be an acceptable abstract.  We can then go from there.  It's worth the effort (IMO).
Will bookmark this article.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 12:18:23 PM EST
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