Re: Emotional AI (again)

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sat, 25 Jan 1997 20:41:01 -0600

> >A common misconception. Descartes' Error is correct; so is Moses'
> >Bible. Chalmers's philosophy or Janet Morris's science fiction is
> >another matter. You see, *ancient* names *are* apostrophe-only. Modern
> >names are apostrophe-and-s.

[Damien Broderick demurred:]
> As so often, Eliezer might be right for the wrong reason.

"The Elements of Style", 3rd Edition, page *1*:

Exceptions are the possessives of ancient proper names in -es and -is,
the possessive "Jesus'", and such forms as "for conscience' sake",
righteousness' sake". But such forms as "Moses' Laws", "Isis' temple"
are commonly replaced by

the laws of Moses
the temple of Isis

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer:  Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
everything I think I know.