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I Don't Think It's In Our Heads

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Posted by Harvey on February 15, 2002 16:07:25 UTC


I agree that the definition is in our heads, but the actual description that the definition identifies is 'out there'. For example, the color red is 'out there' as long as I know exactly what you mean by read. You might give me a nanometer range of electromagnetic frequency that you call 'red', and then I can measure those photons to see if red is there or not.

Similarly, you give me a range of behavior that you call 'evil', and I can measure (sociologically?) to see if those behaviors exist that fall within a range of behaviors you call evil.

Now, the crucial issue is convincing others that our definition is justified given the general meaning of the term. The more people you convince the more we can say that those behaviors have been properly labelled.

Warm regards, Harv

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