[lit-ideas] Re: Is "Homo sapiens sapiens" redundant?

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:01:38 +0100 (BST)

As a Gricean JLS says he is not interested in research - but, one may infer, in 
unresearchable questions like this. 

We can render it empirical by taking "Homo sapien sapiens" to include News Of 
The World journalists, in which case, again empirically, it appears many are 
redundant. But what Gricean trickery can do with this question is more 
far-reaching, opening up vistas of other pressing questions such as the Gore 
Vidal debate - Is "Homo Homo Sapiens Sapiens" redundant? 

Research is interesting btw because it may challenge our preconceptions and 
falsify our theories rather merely pander to our prejudices as certain kinds of 
'language analysis' tend to do.


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