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48 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 February 2008 12:15AM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 13 February 2008 12:04:25AM 0 points [-]

The moment you find the expression of your concept being stifled by grammar or vocabulary or tradition, find another way.

No. First, you must check to confirm that your concept is potentially expressible. Some 'concepts' are self-contradictory and cannot be further talked about for that reason. There is nothing more than can be said about "the encounter of an immovable object with an irresistible force" beyond that it is invalid. Trying to find another way either leads to the eventual recognition that nothing else can be expressed, or (more likely) ends in our using language as a screen to prevent the incompatibility from entering our awareness.