josh blog

Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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29 Jan '13 11:41:54 PM

You'd like to be able to say that the difference between a good dog and a bad dog matters to a dog. To other dogs.

Or that the difference between a good bird and a bad bird matters to other birds.

Harder to say would be whether it matters to a dog or a bird whether it is a good or bad dog or bird. Or whether that amounts to the same thing as its mattering to a dog or a bird whether its being a good or bad dog or bird matters to other dogs or birds.

29 Jan '13 11:24:02 PM

Can animals ever be hiding something?

29 Jan '13 11:17:04 PM

It's interesting to try to think of animals acting, not for the sake of the good or the right, but of 'the fine'.

29 Jan '13 11:14:24 PM

It seems as if animals might naturally have 'strangers'. But friendship?

29 Jan '13 11:12:36 PM

It's difficult to imagine a third animal party stepping in; at least one which isn't dominant.

29 Jan '13 11:08:42 PM

Is there a sense in which animals are ever expected to answer for anything?

29 Jan '13 11:06:10 PM

Coming when called, and answering to a name, are not the same.

29 Jan '13 11:04:53 PM

Though few will do so, it's possible not to give your pet a name. Not giving a child a name is unthinkable.

29 Jan '13 11:03:10 PM

You get to call pets whatever you want. They don't call you anything.