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the "surely" operator

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7/4/2013 8:39:01 PM
Posted: 7 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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7/4/2013 11:55:06 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Surely it is the case....

Surly we can all agree.....

Surly it must be that.....

No, and stop calling me surly.
"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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