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the "surely" operator

Magic8000
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7/4/2013 8:39:01 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Has anyone noticed this in one of their debates? I read about it in Dan Dennet's book Intuition Pumps. What do you guys think?

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When you"re reading or skimming argumentative essays, especially by philosophers, here is a quick trick that may save you much time and effort, especially in this age of simple searching by computer: look for "surely" in the document, and check each occurrence. Not always, not even most of the time, but often the word "surely" is as good as a blinking light locating a weak point in the argument. Why? Because it marks the very edge of what the author is actually sure about and hopes readers will also be sure about.

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404 coherent debate topic not found. Please restart the debate with clear resolution.

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Illegalcombatant
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7/4/2013 11:55:06 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Surely it is the case....

Surly we can all agree.....

Surly it must be that.....

No, and stop calling me surly.

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"Seems like another attempt to insert God into areas our knowledge has yet to penetrate. You figure God would be bigger than the gaps of our ignorance." Drafterman 19/5/12

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