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104 Post author: Alicorn 01 June 2010 12:43AM

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Comment author: Bindbreaker 01 June 2010 05:10:32AM *  1 point [-]

Explicitly nonfictional stories would be better, though of course certain concerns apply to posting such information and it might be harder to find good examples.

Comment author: AlanCrowe 01 June 2010 05:42:59PM *  3 points [-]

I'm quite pleased with the way my essay on subduction phrases addressed some of the problems with examples head on.

I think that similar considerations apply here. Real life is terribly messy and non-fiction examples are likely to be lengthy and ambiguous to the point of obscurity. A better criticism is that the fictional examples need to be followed up by much longer real-life examples that address the practical difficulties. That however is more in the nature of "directions for future research" than an outright criticism.

Comment author: MartinB 01 June 2010 12:04:49PM 6 points [-]

disagreed. Using fiction to drive a point home works pretty well. And the examples illustrate and aehm illuminate their respective points. There is no need to take real life examples which would not be as illustrative.

Comment author: Bindbreaker 01 June 2010 05:20:20PM 1 point [-]

I would rather have examples that better conform to reality than examples that are better characterizations of the principles in question.