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Humanist Archives: Nov. 26, 2018, 6:25 a.m. Humanist 32.224 - releasing the hares

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 224.
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        Date: 2018-11-25 20:42:08+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: releasing more hares (by proxy)

[On behalf of Tim Smithers, whose posts are not getting through for 
reasons we are investigating. --WM]

 > Begin forwarded message:
 > From: Tim Smithers 
 > Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.211: releasing the hares; stemmatics
 > Date: 22 November 2018 at 20:08:38 GMT+1
 > To: Humanist 
 > Reply-To: Tim Smithers 
 > Dear Stephen,
 > Right on!  Bullseye!  [With apologies to those who think
 > metaphors are out.]
 > As you say, it's the new bushes, grass mounds, ditches, and
 > other interesting things that the chasing of the uncatchable
 > hare takes us through and past, that counts, and provides the
 > fun.  If you didn't chase the hare, you'd likely continue down
 > the well trodden path, and thereby discover little, if
 > anything, new.
 > Also, to some, my desk looks like a dumping ground, but,
 > unlike Tversky's, it provides an essential preservation area
 > for much of my remembering, and thus, of course, much of my
 > thinking.  What kind of thinking is it that does no
 > remembering, which is left outside 'cos there's no room
 > inside?, the Cat might ask in further conversation with the
 > Bird.
 > I can only conclude that Tversky thought in ways way different
 > from how I think.  .  .  I wonder what a good metaphor for
 > that could be.
 > Best regards,
 > Tim
 >> On 22 Nov 2018, at 07:05, Humanist  wrote:
 >>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 211.
 >>           Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
 >>                      www.dhhumanist.org
 >>               Submit to: humanist@dhhumanist.org
 >>       Date: 2018-11-21 11:02:14+00:00
 >>       From: Stephen Clark 
 >>       Subject: Hates and such
 >> On metaphors: to state the obvious- the complaint that a metaphor is 
a cover-up
 >> is itself metaphorical (and also very foolish).
 >> Saying that it’s pointless to pursue uncatchable hares (or ask 
 >> questions) is also foolish.
 >> 1. What can’t be answered now may be answered later, with the help of
 >> present speculation.
 >> 2. Trying to answer one question may uncover many answerable questions
 >> that would otherwise be unnoticed.
 >> 3. Even if the only result of the pursuit is to realize that a question
 >> can’t currently (or ever) be answered is a clear gain
 >> 4. The pursuit itself is fun - and possibly life changing - even if 
 >> is caught and we never give up trying.
 >> Stephen Clark

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