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    Happy birthday Shakespeare

    What are your favorite lines, passages, phrases, works, etc?
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    A lot of it has to do with what they've...

    A lot of it has to do with what they've contributed to literature as we know it. They built a foundation that all great writers emulate.
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    Which version is correct?

    Which sentence is correct in terms of what happens following the comma after the word "vulnerable?" I'm not sure whether to use the word "that" following the comma.

    1) Just because the theory...
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    Good call.

    Good call.
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    the phrase "all but ________"

    What is the difference between "it was all but uncontrollable" and "it was uncontrollable."
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    top works by foucault

    I want to get into foucault but I can only afford to buy a few books by him. What are the best representations of his thinking?
  7. So to you, the measure of acceptable English is...

    So to you, the measure of acceptable English is whether its meaning is clear. But couldn't something be clear to you and not to another person?
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    Got it. What's the study of the evolution/history...

    Got it. What's the study of the evolution/history of words called?
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    Stating the meaning of a word does not refute the...

    Stating the meaning of a word does not refute the argument that the word evolved incorrectly.
  10. This is a pretty big debate on fiction in...

    This is a pretty big debate on fiction in general, no? Do we take characters for what the author describes of them, or how they act compared to how we, or a real person in general, would act?
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    I would like to finish Psychotherapy East and...

    I would like to finish Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts, The Science of Breath by Swami Rama, Tipping Point and maybe Outliers by Gladwell, Science and Music by Sir James Jeans, the Divine...
  12. I think English's propensity to use the word "do"...

    I think English's propensity to use the word "do" stems from a psychological construct in the US "to be." Other cultures that lack the verbs don't have a need for them because they don't look at...
  13. Sticky: I don't think The Great Gatsby is nearly...

    I don't think The Great Gatsby is nearly universal enough of a topic to be #4.

    But I suppose I am bias due to my belief that the strength of a piece of literature is its ability to describe an...
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    What if I said "I informed Peter about U.S. tax...

    What if I said "I informed Peter about U.S. tax law," ....

    it would mean specifically relaying information, not "having" or "possessing it."

    The root of "inform" is "form."

    "In" is a...
  15. That is a really interesting concept! My only...

    That is a really interesting concept!

    My only argument against the idea is that people have different baseline levels of hearing, so even if "true love" amplified hearing, a person with bad...
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    making an "informed" choice

    If someone says, "You should study the latest research in this field so you can make a more informed choice," ......


    Wouldn't it be a more formed choice? The choice is a decision, and the more...
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    That is an interesting poem Nick, but I still...

    That is an interesting poem Nick, but I still think there are some differences.

    Emily is saying the mind is calm because it understands it cannot see. Whereas with the tiger, I think it is calm...
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    i think pressure is an interesting way to look at...

    i think pressure is an interesting way to look at it, but in my mind this is a very relaxed state, where no pressure would be existing.
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    mal4mac, I think you're right when you talk about...

    mal4mac, I think you're right when you talk about deception. Deceptively calm is so close, but deceptive implies deceit, and the tiger is clearly calm.


    I think equanimity, focus, and composed...
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    close, but i'm thinking more, ferocious tiger...

    close, but i'm thinking more, ferocious tiger sitting intently. i don't think stern gives that sort of vibe.

    i guess the key is that the adjective describes the potential for violence but an...
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    what word means........

    I'm looking for a word that combines two distinct things: calm yet fierce. Tranquil yet passionate. Any ideas?

    PS. Feel free to use this thread to learn new words as well!
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    That's what I'm saying! The definition of...

    That's what I'm saying! The definition of intellectual is totally subjective. The fact that it "shifts" at all is proof it doesn't have a general definition. And I bet with the advent of the...
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    How do you know there is no resistance acting...

    How do you know there is no resistance acting upon it? In fact, what evidence do you have that we are expanding into "nothing?"



    Yes yes, the first two paragraphs I learned in middle school,...
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    I get the idea the space between galaxies is...

    I get the idea the space between galaxies is growing larger, and that is an indicator of expansion. I just don't understand how you can assume based on that fact that it will continue forever. I...
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    It does not depress me. The universe has been...

    It does not depress me. The universe has been doing this cosmic dance for 13.6 billion years, and will continue to do so for a very long time.

    Please contribute evidence that the universe will...
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