2014-03-12

I Wrote It Down For A Reason

All that talk about "rhetorical nuke buttons" last month was unnecessary. Years earlier, I had already developed the concept. I know this because it happens to appear on that anachronistic blog feature that sticks out like a sore thumb, the Lexicon.

Before I wrote about nuke buttons, I wrote about contrapostive influence. We could call it the tendency to jump the shark in the exact moment you win the argument. It's bad.

Every so often I get the idea in my head that I will delete the Lexicon. I don't really want to add it anymore because I have moved away from the idea of the all-encompassing philosophy that I used to joke about with my friends. Paradigms are useful when you first start to learn about something, but after a certain point they become restrictive.

More on that in a future post. For now, what I want to say is that one of the things that forces me to retain the Lexicon is the fact that every time I review it, I rediscover an old name for a recent concept. As the preceding paragraph implies, this is limiting from a paradigmatic perspective, but it is useful self-meta-analysis.

Doesn't it imply something, the fact that I created two names for the same basic idea just one year apart, and didn't even realize it?