Deros Wrote:Besides, what are they going to do, plug google into the multiverse and see if "dragon" turns up in the "organism" category?
Not sure if they've fixed it since, but a few years ago we tried Google Maps to get directions and they had the most absurd way of describing a Michigan left. Google may be more reliable than not, the scientific method and empiricism are good enough to get us out there waving our pom-poms on a regular basis, we've experienced energy work that certainly seems to pass the test of objective reality, but even so...how are we ever really sure we know anything? (I mean, aside from the fact that we know we can give instructions for a Michigan left that are far less confusing than what Google did.*)
To be clear, I do think it's possible that there's no such thing in objective reality as "dragon" other than what humans have invented with their imaginations, but still, knowing
...this is why my system has gotten to the point of largely shrugging off the question of objective reality when it comes to 'kintype. Maybe our hopes are right on that count. Maybe they're not. Either way, we are the way we are and we have to come to grips with that. Which makes our answer to the what-if, which I think we already stated in the Hot Seat thread or somesuch**, that it'd hurt but we think we'd recover pretty quickly. We've already come to grips with the possibility of that loss.
* For the curious, and to prevent a threadjackingly long diversion: A "Michigan left" is turning left onto a divided highway - you can't legally make a direct left turn, so you have to turn right and use a break in the divider to make a legal U-turn. Google's instructions were something like, "Turn right on Road X. Continue left on Road X. [i.e.: get into the left turn lane and start bearing left] Turn left on Road X. [i.e.: continue turning so that you point perpendicular to the road while sitting in the crossover.] Turn left on Road X. [i.e.: finish turning left]"
** Not merging this because the Hot Seat is one great big long glorious mess, whereas this is a fairly focused topic. If another green or red name feels differently, that might change, dunno.