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    05 Feb '07 21:42
    Since Debates is just full of Right vs Left socio-political ramblings, I thought I'd post this here, though I doubt it will receive much interest.

    Has anyone read any of WV Quine's work on the indeterminacy of translation? If so, can you help me with a quick summary, I'm having a really hard time getting my head around it. I'd be happy to try debating it here if anyone's interested.
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    05 Feb '07 22:29
    Originally posted by Starrman
    Since Debates is just full of Right vs Left socio-political ramblings, I thought I'd post this here, though I doubt it will receive much interest.

    Has anyone read any of WV Quine's work on the indeterminacy of translation? If so, can you help me with a quick summary, I'm having a really hard time getting my head around it. I'd be happy to try debating it here if anyone's interested.
    I'll look for it. Sounds interesting.
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    06 Feb '07 07:22
    Originally posted by Starrman
    Has anyone read any of WV Quine's work on the indeterminacy of translation? If so, can you help me with a quick summary, I'm having a really hard time getting my head around it. I'd be happy to try debating it here if anyone's interested.
    Try this? http://www.nickbostrom.com/old/quine.html

    At a glance, it seems like pomokaka...restating the obvious in as luridly baroque a form as possible.
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    06 Feb '07 11:27
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    Try this? http://www.nickbostrom.com/old/quine.html

    At a glance, it seems like pomokaka...restating the obvious in as luridly baroque a form as possible.
    I read that already and I think he's got the wrong end of the stick.
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    06 Feb '07 12:08
    Originally posted by Starrman
    I read that already and I think he's got the wrong end of the stick.
    Is this any better?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indeterminacy_of_translation

    At least it's clear.
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    Well I have not read the man. But if I was to take the ideas behind both terms being used, what is trying to be explained is that transfering meaning through translation is not an exact science. There is much outthere about whether an idea can actually be transmitted through syntax and grammar. My problem with that is if an idea could not be transmitted this way, than communication would not be possible because no one could be sure that any idea was being shared correctly or the same everytime it was repeated. Some of this comes out of the thought that a God who does not live or exist in the same reality as we do could not effectively get His ideas and truth across for us to understand.
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    27 Jun '07 00:46
    Originally posted by Starrman
    Since Debates is just full of Right vs Left socio-political ramblings, I thought I'd post this here, though I doubt it will receive much interest.

    Has anyone read any of WV Quine's work on the indeterminacy of translation? If so, can you help me with a quick summary, I'm having a really hard time getting my head around it. I'd be happy to try debating it here if anyone's interested.
    I assume there are no pictures?
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