Saturday, May 5, 2012

The importance of defining the question

"What came first, the chicken or the egg?"

has a very simple answer. No brainer.

The egg came first. Dinosaurs laid eggs. 70 million years ago.

Oh, so that's not what you meant? I'm sorry. You still lose.

So you meant:
What came first, the chicken or the chicken egg?

Aha.

So now it often becomes about name calling. You call me picky, I call you sloppy.

Truly it's probably about how you're trying to communicate. In a bar, or in a thesis.

But I tend to fall on the side of "say the words that clearly indicate what you mean, even when trying to do that there's still plenty of room for confusion"

Just a musing.

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