From: Robin Lee Powell (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jan 04 2006 - 16:18:33 MST
On Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 05:57:36PM -0500, Jeff Medina wrote:
> On 1/4/06, Robin Lee Powell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 01:25:04PM -0600, Damien Broderick
> > wrote:
> > > I'm pretty sure I'm nearly as smart and cynical as you are, in
> > > general; Loosemore and I both have Ph.D.s in academic
> > > disciplines, which speaks to the latter claim if not the
> > > former. :)
> > Surely you meant that the other way around?!
> > If you would like me to research a few examples of people with
> > Utterly Crazy Beliefs (i.e. not sufficiently cynical people)
> > with Ph.D.s in academic disciplines, I don't think it'd take me
> > very long.
> Since he said "speaks to" rather than "entails", providing
> examples of the alternative case does not undermine his claim. As
> long as people with PhDs are the tiniest bit more likely to be
> sufficiently cynical than those who do not obtain PhDs, that
> Damien has a PhD speaks to the claim that Damien is sufficiently
All true, but "if not the former" still makes me think he meant it
the other way around. Perhaps that was what the smiley was for.
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