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125 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 17 November 2011 07:28PM

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Comment author: DSimon 24 November 2011 04:16:02AM 0 points [-]

The term "good" very much describes something real (and natural), otherwise we wouldn't be able to think of it.

That doesn't seem like a consistently valid rule.

As counter-examples, here are some words that we have thought of, and that we can use consistently and appropriately in context, but that do not describe real or natural things:

  • Unicorn
  • Witch
  • Luminiferous aether
  • Bottomless pit
  • Immovable object
  • Irresistible force
  • Philosopher's stone
  • Faster-than-light communication
  • Ideal gas
  • Frictionless surface
  • Spherical cow
  • Halting oracle
  • "Yo mama's so fat she has different area codes for the phones in her left and right pockets"