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Old 03-29-2018, 01:52 PM   #1
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Something I've noticed

It began at my job two years ago, and lately I've picked up on it in conversation. It's best to illustrate this with an example:



Pink



Magenta

What I've seen is that people make the claim that, "these are entirely different". Technically, it's true. But the degree of difference is not great, and I would argue that they are so similar if you perceive a difference, you're actually picking up on something else, as this detail is rather meaningless and in most cases would make for a semantical argument.

Additionally, I perceive from context that who I'm speaking to treats the degree of difference as that between black and white. I.e., the difference is not subtle and meaningless, but so important they're distinct in a dramatic way.

I used colours to work in the black/white analogy, but I'm seeing it a lot with regard to arguments. And what bothers me is I'm seeing this distinction made by a lot of people who have weaker logic than I do. Like, I'm following a prompt and suddenly the speaker makes this sharp distinction.

It puts me in an uncomfortable spot because if I argue that the distinction is meaningless, but it obviously means a lot to the person making it, it seems to undercut the core of my critique.

Should I be making this distinction? Am I just lazy or perhaps too aloof to really think of it as anything more than trivial?
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Old 03-30-2018, 02:36 AM   #2
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Pink and magenta are entirely different, just not in the actual wavelenght aspect. Pink is a colour for young girls, while magenta is more suitable for adult woman.
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It began at my job two years ago, and lately I've picked up on it in conversation. It's best to illustrate this with an example:



Pink



Magenta

What I've seen is that people make the claim that, "these are entirely different". Technically, it's true. But the degree of difference is not great, and I would argue that they are so similar if you perceive a difference, you're actually picking up on something else, as this detail is rather meaningless and in most cases would make for a semantical argument.
But they are entirely different. One is much bolder and more saturated, and only one of them can be used in a proper four-color printer.
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Old 03-30-2018, 09:48 PM   #4
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Both of you are missing the point: it is fact they are different. The difference is un-important and irrelevant to most contexts unless the subject of conversation is how/why they're different. And that's the crux of the problem: making a big deal out of a trivial detail, and then getting upset when the importance of that detail is dismissed.

Maybe this example will help...

-topic is, "Why ice cream shouldn't be served in elementary school cafeterias"
-response is otherwise excellent and topical but uses "soft serve" instead of "ice cream"
-scoring leader recommends the response as "off-topic" because it discusses soft serve

What do you think of that?
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