On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com> wrote: >> I have noticed a disturbing trend, the use of the word "emergent" as a >> excuse for not thinking. >> > > > Sometimes that might be the case. Here, it's context. Free will is a > human concept.
That is incorrect,"free will" is not a human concept, "free will" is a human noise. "Moo" is a bovine noise. And when somebody says something is emergent, unless they give at least a hint of how it emerges and why, all they're really pointing out is the limitations common words have in uncommon situations; we usually don't encounter just one water molecule and the usual understanding of the word "wet" works fine until we get to that level. John K Clark -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.