“The first one who uses ‘but’ has lost the argument”
~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Now there is a great thought. A complete Black Swan as it were! Till I came across that statement from that maverick, it had not occurred to me at all.
Had it to you?
And Nandu, no, it is not a typo!
I hope that you enjoyed reading my take on this subject which was chosen by Maxie for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where five of us write on the same topic. The four other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Maxi, and Shackman. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!
14 thoughts on “But.”
As far as I know, I don’t argue.
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I watch out for ‘but’ in my utterings as best I can. Which is not very good. ‘But’ usually closely followed by its more benign brother ‘however’.
My father recently observed, and I do try hard to forget it, that when he and I discuss God and the world I keep saying in response to him “Ja, Ja, Nein, Nein” Yes, yes, no, no. Presumably, erring on the cautious side, I am trying to cover all options. And there is always more than one option. Try and sell THAT notion to anyone. However …
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However that you have used and perhaps are two more words about which I shall blog eventually.
Mais oui monsieur ( But of course ) . Pardon my French !
Let me use the language that I am comfortable in, indeed and thank you.
I disagree – it is often used to counter punch and poke holes in the statements being used – but maybe not.
Exactly. May be not is what I think Taleb intends to convey.
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And why not?
No Rummy, have never thought of this. Glad you brought it to my attention.
blessings ~ maxi
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I had not either till Taleb kindly brought it to my attention.
but not necessarily …
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