Re: Who are you calling stupid? was: Adamant Rudeness

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed May 03 2000 - 22:33:20 MDT wrote:
> In a message dated 5/3/2000 7:40:22 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > Why is either of those
> > observations "weird", or in what way did I not state them clearly?
> ok
> One: I would never punch you or anyone. To use that as an example sounds
> really strange.

Not if you're talking about the evolutionary origin of politeness.

> Two: you called the list an "audience". This is an extremely odd viewpoint.

Standard writer's terminology. Anyone who encounters a single word you
wrote is an "audience"; to be specific, a "reading audience", unless
it's someone using a phrase of yours on television.

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

                 Member, Extropy Institute
           Senior Associate, Foresight Institute

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