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Calling Names Is A Secondary Effect

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Posted by Harvey on February 17, 2002 17:50:15 UTC

Mike,

Yeah, I agree we are calling people names by calling them evil. One of the side effects of labelling people is calling them names. For example, if you see an Eskimo and call them an Eskimo, you are calling them a name. If a biologist identifies a new bacteria with a name, they are calling the bacteria a name.

Some actions have negative connotations. The name that is associated with that negative connotation becomes 'name calling' if we identify that label to particular people. However, if the actions of those people fall within the range of that label, then it becomes controversial whether those labels have been applied fairly or infairly.

This is not a science of identifying actions with certain names (although science sometimes gets involved in certain situations - such as schizophrenia, etc). Rather, the process of applying labels to abstract concepts is so basic of a human trait that it is much more general than a science. There's also another human trait to where we take exception of applying certain names to people when we see those names are unfair. For example, calling someone a liar might raise these kind of concerns especially if they viewed the 'lie' out of context (e.g., telling children about Santa Claus, etc).

Warm regards, Harv

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