Re: the "Thor Gets A Hernia Argument"
- --- In email@example.com, "John J. Gagne"
> FastDado said:
> > Gramatic rules do not apply here but you still understand it.
> JJG wrote:
> Hmmm, I think I disagree. They may not be standard rules of grammar,
> but some kind of grammar non-the-less.
What kind of non-standard rules? Why is grammar so important?
What is grammar anyway? Why is it so important? What is grammar of
sign language for instance? And, how is sign language different from
I have some ideas what is underlying mechanism of grammar, but will
wait with that for now...
Whoa, Batman! Look at that! It's like nothing I've ever seen before!
Not true, Robin. The fact that you are seeing it at all means it
shares at least one attribute with other things you have seen before,
namely, it can be seen. By the way, I'm a little low on blood, could
you regurgitate a pint? I will, of course, reciprocate when the
tables are turned.
Not now, Batman, Holy Direction Vector, that thing is moving towards us!
You see, Robin, it has even more attributes you've seen before: it
moves, and in a direction, no less.
I think it's going to try to ram us!
Attributing intentionality before the fact, Robin?
Better safe than sorry!
How do you know what is "safe" and what is "sorry", Robin except by
analogy, except, that is, by similarities to Remembrance of Things Past?
(Batman rummages through his utility belt for the works of Marcel
You see a quacking bird?
No, I mean the verb, DUCK! NOW!
Why? If this is such a novel experience, truly like nothing seen
before, what possible "intelligent" reason could I have to select any
action over any other, let alone choose to duck? For all I know, the
best thing to do is stand up, take off my utility belt, and swing it
over my head while screaming like a chicken.
And that's exactly what Batman did. And the "thing", never seen
before, instead of crashing full force into the standing bat,
evanesced into the ether, leaving behind a sprinkling of lime-drop