Philosophy

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Do you want fries with that?

"Do you want to do X" is a surprisingly ambiguous question. Since people are hesitant to directly tell someone else what to do, or sometimes even to express their own opinion or desire, this kind of simple question can mean a lot of different things:

  • I demand that we do X
  • I think we should do X but I'm open to other suggestions
  • I want you to decide what to do, but I'm including one option for rhetorical or predictive reasons.

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Pudding

  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds
  • The consistency of pudding is foolish
  • Pudding is a hobgoblin

QED


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