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

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Comment author: Caledonian2 13 February 2008 02:22:57PM 0 points [-]

You had no problem expressing it verbally

1) There are still people who insist that if we can talk about it, it must be real.

2) Logic is just language used very, very precisely. Reinventing language in an attempt to make one's point may be useful, even necessary, but it tends to be a means to disguise contradictions in logic by hiding them within unfamiliar terms and usages.

But we should never lose sight of the fact that it is our tool, and any rules should be enabling rather than restrictive

Language is enabling only because it is restrictive. Remove the restrictions and you lose the meaning. Logic is a tool that we cannot command, only obey.