[Foundation-l] The Wikipedia-Ready Essay
fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Wed Jun 1 20:10:38 UTC 2011
> I always took the central point about conflation to be the unwitting
> up of separate ideas - usually but not always to the mild confusion or
> detriment of both.
Good research topic: What characteristics of ideas or facts lead to
conflation. To take a notorious example, when Sarah Palin was asked about
her foreign relations experience with respect to Russia, she replied that
you could see Russia from Alaska. But true conflation, as a menace to
discourse, includes much less easily distinguished concepts.
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 7:51 PM, Fred Bauder <fredbaud at fairpoint.net>
>> > And Larry Sanger and Magnus may be remembered for popularizing
>> > "disambiguation" outside of linguistics...
>> > SJ
>> Disconflation gets only 45 google hits while unconflation gets 267.
>> Conflation, I guess, refers to confusion of similar ideas rather than
>> similar words.
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