Monday, January 08, 2007


I've (probably belatedly) noticed that I very much like ending my posts with a passage going somewhat like this:
The point isn't to say [blah blah blah]. The point is to say that [blah blah blah].

I almost definitely overuse this structure. The goal, I imagine, is to prevent my pieces from being strawmanned, which I despise. I doesn't actually work--I still get strawmanned all the time. But including it does make me significantly more likely to blame the strawmanner for being an idiot, rather than myself for not being sufficiently lucid in my posting.

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