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Re: [OT] Re: debian culture

On Tuesday 03 August 2004 14:12, John Hasler wrote:
> Bart Cornelis writes:
> > nope, a lot of people just tend to take 'undirected = orderless' as a
> > given which is definately false. This fallacy is (IMHO) the reason so
> > many definitions of anarchy include the disorder/confusion part.
> No.  The reason for that is that people who write definitions have
> political agendas.

hm, I think Hanlon's razor applies here:
All of us suffer from biases, and viewpoints taken from the society we live 
in to some degree (and my impression is that most people never even try to 
identify those, let along consiously ponder whether they are correct). 
While I doubt (in general) that people writing dictionaries contiously 
include their biases, I'd say they're definately likely to influence what 
they write.

It's one of the reasons I like projects like wikipedia and wiktionary so 
much: the large number of people contributing in combination with the 
policy of a striving for a neatral point of view tends to eliminate biases 
or at least limit the amount of bias displayed.
Cheers, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis)
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