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Go to: Sometimes, it really is hard to tell faith from a mental illness

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In all honesty, she might have been sleep deprived, dehydrated, etc. I've seen people pass out during political rallies, military formations, etc.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:23:00 UTC | #463632

Go to: The faith trap

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Re: the preachers teaching what they don't really believe: I've seen this explained as follows:

I lie to my calculus students all of the time (e. g., I follow the book and say that f(x) = m x b is a "linear function of x", that a graph of a continuous function is one that can be drawn without lifting the pencil off of the paper, etc.

When they become more mature, we start to let them in on the nuances.

This is a bit of what pastors do in church...so I've been told.

(no, I am not defending it...just repeating an argument that I've heard from a Methodist deacon who is also a mathematics professor.)

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 02:52:00 UTC | #450731

Go to: Taking Memes Seriously

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Re: My previous comment 60: that came from here:
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/adjectives.htm

My html got stripped off. :)

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:11:00 UTC | #447331

Go to: Taking Memes Seriously

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I attempted to read this article. I think that the author of this article might benefit from this:

"Before getting into other usage considerations, one general note about the use — or over-use — of adjectives: Adjectives are frail; don't ask them to do more work than they should. Let your broad-shouldered verbs and nouns do the hard work of description. Be particularly cautious in your use of adjectives that don't have much to say in the first place: interesting, beautiful, lovely, exciting. It is your job as a writer to create beauty and excitement and interest, and when you simply insist on its presence without showing it to your reader — well, you're convincing no one."

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 21:18:00 UTC | #447295

Go to: Forgotten Assyrian God Revived To Name Sports Drink

blueollie's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by blueollie

Well, if an athlete drinks this drink and then wins his/her competition, they really WILL have a reason to thank a deity.

Sat, 13 Feb 2010 22:14:00 UTC | #441235

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