Did Einstein improve on or supplant Newton?

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Re: Did Einstein improve on or supplant Newton?

Postby mitchellmckain on July 14th, 2018, 11:52 pm 

Reg_Prescott » July 14th, 2018, 10:39 pm wrote:"Then I must insist that your claim that unicorns do not exist is likewise untrue." - Mitchell

So your position now is that the statement "unicorns do not exist" is untrue?

Only in the context that these other statements about unicorns are untrue. Otherwise I can say that narwhals are unicorns so unicorns exist. What you are you going to do? Argue that this is incorrect with a bunch of untrue statements?

Reg_Prescott » July 14th, 2018, 10:39 pm wrote:How come I've never seen one?

You cannot even truthfully tell me what you haven't seen.

Reg_Prescott » July 14th, 2018, 10:39 pm wrote:And how come I can't get the damn quote function right?

What are you doing?
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Re: Did Einstein improve on or supplant Newton?

Postby Reg_Prescott on July 14th, 2018, 11:55 pm 

[quote="mitchellmckain » July 15th, 2018, 12:52 pm
What are you doing?[/quote]

Right now I'm listening to you insisting on the reality of unicorns.

If I'd something better to do, I'd be doing it.

And wondering if I'll ever master the quote function. Sigh.
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Re: Did Einstein improve on or supplant Newton?

Postby mitchellmckain on July 15th, 2018, 12:11 am 

Reg_Prescott » July 14th, 2018, 10:42 pm wrote:
mitchellmckain » July 15th, 2018, 12:33 pm wrote:Incorrect. The word "unicorn" is real, and all the media in which this word can be found are also real.



Yes, the word "unicorn" seems real enough.

The beast unicorn does not seem very real. Unless you drink a lot. Burp!


I suppose I can say that the elementary particle unicorn does not exist.
Though there is a unicorn constellation.
There is no kitchen appliance unicorn.
Though there is now a Unicorn Frappuccino and a Unicorn Kitchen appliance service center.

I am afraid that you will find all kinds of unicorns all over the world and even in the sky and you will have a very hard time telling me what you think does not exist. But although I do not have such a problem, I am not likely to say that unicorns do not exist but only what unicorns are not like to be found doing.

I suppose I would say that a unicorn is not a particle nor a kitchen appliance, but the unicorn is an animal or beast, though a mythological one. I am certainly not likely to be trampled by a unicorn except in a story someone might write about me being trampled by a unicorn. But that is not likely to do me any physical harm don't you think?
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Re: Did Einstein improve on or supplant Newton?

Postby mitchellmckain on July 15th, 2018, 12:17 am 

Reg_Prescott » July 14th, 2018, 10:55 pm wrote:


Right now I'm listening to you insisting on the reality of unicorns.

If I'd something better to do, I'd be doing it.

And wondering if I'll ever master the quote function. Sigh.


That was just missing the final two characters "]

I am usually just pushing the quote button when answering someone and then cutting and pasting what it puts in automatically, careful not to delete or leave out any characters like you just did.
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