Definitions are not especially important, and we generally should not begin conversations by discussing them. It's better to begin with a statement of a problem to address, and a short explanation addressing it. Then meanings of words can be discussed if, and only if, there is some ambiguity or confusion hampering the discussion. Here are some reasons not to begin with definitions:

By Elliot Temple, Feb 2010 | Join the discussion group or email comments to

Acknowledgments: some ideas presented are modified from, or inspired by, ideas from Karl Popper, Ayn Rand, William Godwin, Edmund Burke, David Deutsch and Thomas Szasz.

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