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Comment author: [deleted] 11 August 2011 10:26:58PM *  1 point [-]

Would you rather I called it a fake spectrum?

EDIT: I really don't understand the issue. In order to apply excluded middle to reach the conclusion, they have to both hold that the two ends of the spectrum are dichotomous, and that the rest of the spectrum either doesn't exist, or is inconsequential. So it's a spectrum in a name only, which as far as I can see is as good as a false dichotomy.

Comment author: wedrifid 11 August 2011 10:44:02PM 1 point [-]

Would you rather I called it a fake spectrum?

That is one of many things you could say that isn't just strictly and trivially false.

But it isn't my preferences you are satisfying. I don't mind if you say wrong things, I'm just going to reply with a correction if you do. (So 'rather?' is a strange question!)

Comment author: [deleted] 11 August 2011 10:50:07PM 2 points [-]

Let me rephrase, then. "Is there anything you would correct in characterizing the aforementioned as a fake spectrum?"

Honestly, if I have to write so strictly, it's almost too much effort.

Comment author: wedrifid 11 August 2011 11:04:11PM *  1 point [-]

I thought the answer 'no' would have come across, even while I distanced myself from the personal connotations.