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ArisKatsaris comments on Excluding the Supernatural - Less Wrong

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Comment author: ArisKatsaris 19 December 2011 05:16:41PM 8 points [-]

but on the other hand I know about the myth of the mermaids' singing (and Ulysses's strategy to cope with it

A nitpick: The Odyssey had sirens singing, not mermaids -- and those were half-bird women, not half-fish women. See how they were depicted in ancient times

Comment author: Alejandro1 19 December 2011 06:07:46PM 4 points [-]

In Spanish (and presumably also in whichever language is army's native tongue, if it is not Spanish) the word 'sirena' is used for both siren and mermaid, hence the confusion.

Comment author: [deleted] 21 January 2012 10:00:10AM 1 point [-]

Yes, it's Italian.