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71 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 February 2008 10:53PM

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Comment author: Jiro 17 December 2014 10:16:59PM *  0 points [-]

If defining your terms makes your message incomprehensible, that's a problem with the medium you've chosen or the message itself.

Defining terms inline can make things hard to understand simply because human beings don't have a large stack size for the purpose of understanding sentences containing many inline clauses. I suppose that's a problem with the medium--if the medium is "speech by human beings".

Comment author: TimS 17 December 2014 10:18:13PM 0 points [-]

The essay isn't about speech, it's about communication. Outside the scope of this essay, but sometime speech is the wrong medium.