Friday, March 02, 2007

Non-explanations annoy me

There are number of explanations that doesn’t explain anything. What I specifically have in mind is explanations that just repeats what you are trying to explain. One example: it is easy to observe that people like different music and movies and so on. So, how could this difference be explained? Well, one way is to refer to the fact that people have different taste. But, having "different taste" just means "liking different things", which is what we are trying to explain. It’s just a restatement! That’s obvious if we substitute "different taste" for the equivalent "liking different things". Why do people like different things? Because they like different things! Some people actually think that they have explained something with that.

This is what happens when one is trying to think without knowing how.


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