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Comment author: JoshuaZ 24 November 2012 02:18:45PM 0 points [-]

This doesn't answer the question. Note that no one is arguing that economics doesn't pay rent. The question was whether arguing over '"what is an economy" pays rent or not.

Comment author: Kal 26 November 2012 01:16:16PM 0 points [-]

I misunderstood the Q. In my opinion, yes. There is no other way to get a sound (ie, based on sheer deductive coherence) grasp of the subject. So, attack the issue for yourself:

The first one has a very minor error btw - prob a typo. Good exercise to find it. A friend of mine just pointed it out to me.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 26 November 2012 04:17:10PM 0 points [-]

So, can you explain how arguing over the definition of a word can ever pay rent?

Comment author: Eugine_Nier 26 November 2012 11:31:53PM *  2 points [-]

Well, in a sense every definition carries an implicit assertion that the described object corresponds to a cluster in thing space. See also 37 ways that words can be wrong.