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    Merlin Jetton
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    retired actuary (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries), Chartered Financial Analyst
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    Objectivity ; Journal of Ayn Rand Studies V7N2, V11N2, V13N2, V17N1, V18N1, more to come; My blog:
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  1. merjet

    Donald Trump

    Translation: Blah, blah, blah. Gotcha. Fizzle. πŸ˜„
  2. merjet

    Donald Trump

    MSK, It seems what I wrote didn't sink in. It was quite clear to me what Trump and you mean by elitist before you thought it necessary to elaborate. My comment was about Trump's and your meaning of super elitist. Or in your lingo, the identification, not the taunt. πŸ™„
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    Correspondence and Coherence blog

    Marconi #3 Marconi #4
  4. merjet

    Donald Trump

    No, I didn't pretend to not understand MSK's meaning of elitist, ignoranus. My assumption was a common dictionary definition of elitist, and most such definitions include nothing about collectivism, nitwit. MSK's notion of elitist stems from package-dealing collectivist as a necessary part of it. Yet a super-elitist is not a collectivist! An amazing word play. Oh, my! The pot calls the kettle black.
  5. merjet

    Donald Trump

    I read it. I didn't swallow it whole. Sorry if that disappointed you. Do you mean that Trump doesn't truly identify his supporters as super elites or believe that they are? In other words, did he only pretend flattery to them? That's very different from a cheerleader yelling, "Go, team. Go!"
  6. merjet

    Donald Trump

    It's Prime Day!
  7. merjet

    Donald Trump

    Oops. Trump is not an "elitist." By his own words, he and his supporters are the super elite (link). πŸ˜„
  8. merjet

    Donald Trump

    I note the conspicuous absence of any sort of reason for this naked assertion!
  9. merjet

    Donald Trump

    MSK, Is Donald Trump an elitist? If not, why not?
  10. merjet

    Why did Ayn Rand quit smoking?

    Correct. I have heard (not here) people dismiss that report simply because it was made by the government. However, it wasn't merely a government report, to wit: "On the basis of more than 7,000 articles relating to smoking and disease already available at that time in the biomedical literature, the Advisory Committee concluded that cigarette smoking isβ€” * A cause of lung cancer and laryngeal cancer in men * A probable cause of lung cancer in women *The most important cause of chronic bronchitis" (link, my bold). Also, sometime around 1970 life insurance companies began having different rates for smokers and non-smokers. Moreover, they likely had to justify such rate discrimination to state insurance regulators before doing so.
  11. merjet

    Donald Trump

    What specific "argument-by-analogy as offered above" by whom? Regarding the good or useful side of analogy, I suggest a look at Chapter 8 of Mental Leaps. It presents quite a few analogies used in science. They can be seen using Amazon's "Look Inside" feature. I read both books several years ago and still own them. I like Thagard. And he's Canadian! 😊
  12. merjet

    Donald Trump

    The following books might help answer your questions. Mental Leaps: Analogy in Creative Thought The Analogical Mind: Perspectives from Cognitive Science
  13. merjet

    Correspondence and Coherence blog

    Association Group Health Insurance Supreme Court rules against forced fees to unions Marconi #1 Marconi #2
  14. Your addiction to fabrication is phenomenal! Speaking of illusions, have you lately seen any rims screeching against tires they are mounted on and smelled the burning of the friction (link)?
  15. My detonations of your silly ideas are preserved for anyone who wants to go and see and laugh (and sigh). Will you ever grasp translation (in geometry)?