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Comment Re:Choice B has worked before (Score 1) 759

Actually, it would be more like: lately you've been degrading your coordination because of some drug you're taking that you know is bad, but it feels really great so why should you stop? Then someone says you're likely going to trip while walking, and then you try and be more careful while walking, and perhaps stop taking this drug.

Comment Re:Stop using gate at the end of 'scandals' (Score 5, Interesting) 107

I think the feeble mind is the one that ignores an argument, attacks the one making the argument, and repeats the original line of thinking being argued against. The suffix adds plenty to the base word. If the title was just "Resume Continues at Yahoo: Thompson Out as CEO, Levinsohn In" then it wouldn't be clear what was meant. Adding -gate makes it apparent that there was some sort of scandal involving something about a resume. While it's not the only way to express that information it's one that has been adopted as understandable by a large enough population. Also, while it isn't true to what Watergate originally was: It. Doesn't. Matter. Meaning is not static. I would say that it takes a good mind to accept and adapt to the constant changes of language. And even further, you can't nitpick such a thing because you're guilty of it yourself! You used the word "orchestrated" in your post. The earliest origin of the word orchestra was used to refer to the area in a theater where the chorus was positioned. It has nothing to do with your use of it. You still used it fairly successfully though.

Comment Re:And culture is largely defined by ..... (Score 1) 472

As I pointed out elsewhere: Once culture became more important to our survival then there were traits that became selective and culture largely defined how we developed biologically, not just our biology defining our culture. And I would even say that environmental factors were more important in our tendency toward culture than our biological makeup.

Comment Re:And what might influence culture? (Score 1) 472

Actually, the formation of our modern human brains had a lot to do with our adoption of culture. After it became advantageous to have culture then there were particular traits that obviously would've been more selective that would've enhanced culture such as your ability to remember more, use representative language, and just be social in general. So in a way our brains are created by culture, definitely not directly, but we definitely wouldn't be the same without it.

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