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105 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 April 2009 02:44AM

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Comment author: mattnewport 21 April 2009 08:29:42PM 1 point [-]

Your statement was simply wrong, by most commonly used definitions of sanity. Try pleading insanity in court based purely on a belief in god. Your comment also added nothing of value to the discussion.

The rational thing to do when you get downvoted would be to at least consider the possibility that your own judgement is at fault rather than assuming it is proof that negative votes are given out without good reason.

Comment author: Annoyance 22 April 2009 04:09:52PM -2 points [-]

"Your statement was simply wrong, by most commonly used definitions of sanity."

True, but not useful. The most commonly-used definitions of sanity are not only incorrect but insane.

"Your comment also added nothing of value to the discussion."

That's very useful feedback, indeed. Now I appreciate your thoughts and votes much more accurately.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 22 April 2009 05:48:51PM 3 points [-]

The most commonly-used definitions of sanity are not only incorrect but insane.

How can a definition be incorrect?

If you find the common usage incoherent or otherwise not useful, don't use it. To do otherwise is to lie.

Comment author: thomblake 22 April 2009 06:06:02PM 1 point [-]

The assumption of both above comments is that there can be multiple commonly-used definitions of a word. Annoyance is using one of the commonly-used definitions that doesn't fit into the 'most' above. He asserts that the other definitions are not only incorrect but insane, and I think this answers your question - a definition can be incorrect in the case that it is insane. Though I think calling a definition 'insane' is an odd use of the word.