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71 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 August 2007 10:27PM

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Comment author: MatthewB 27 December 2009 09:03:45AM 3 points [-]

I went and read up on Phlogiston a little bit, and this makes sense to me now. The Nitrogen (absence of Oxygen) is a good analogy for what is a very weird theory (Phlogiston - I can see why Steam-Punks are so drawn to this esoteric and wildly insane theory - and I can see why at the time it made sense to Stahl even though it was wildly wrong... The terminology tends to sound really ludicrous: Phlogisticated or Dephlogisticated... Uh, huh...)

I can now see where my analogy with the proton is off, as well.