[R-SIG-Mac] learning R

Ben Bolker bbolker at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 20:04:11 CET 2010

On 10-12-13 01:49 PM, Rolf Turner wrote:
> The phrase ``to beg the question'' means to indulge in circular reasoning;
> to assume what is to be proven.  Unfortunately that meaning is becoming lost
> in the wilderness of ignorance that surrounds us, and the phrase is almost
> universally used to mean ``to raise the question'' or ``to evince the necessity
> of an answer to the question''.  The language thus loses subtlety and nuance,
> and Newspeak takes over and limits our ability to express our thoughts.  And
> that is doubleplus ungood! :-)



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