It’s Immaterial

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  1. I really appreciate this post. It is fascinating how words and phrases can have actual meanings that can be quite different than one would expect given how they’re used in common speech. I think of “creature” – something created. Don’t believe in creation? Probably best not call anything a creature! Or “weird”…. Stuart Hackett once said, “I am often described as a weird person…I don’t know that I’m weird in an absolute sense—I mean I’m not a werewolf or a vampire or anything like that. I’m just highly individualistic.” I’m adding “it’s immaterial” to the list!

    1. “Immaterial” in this case is probably not related to materialism but rather a derivative of the phrase “it does not matter” which fails to challenge the ontological status of the thing in question. It just questions its significance.

      Philosophy has such nicer ways of saying that something “does not follow” such as saying so in Latin: “that’s non sequitur!” The popular use of the word “immaterial” in this way likely comes from the legal profession. There is a “material breach of contract” and an “immaterial breach.” There are disclosures that a CFO must make public because they are “material to earnings” and those that are “immaterial to earnings” that he does not have to disclose.

      If “immaterial” is a reference to what matters and what does not matter, is it still a hidden persuader? Maybe a better question is whether or not I used a hidden persuader in my preceding paragraph to convince you all that women cannot be CFOs, because I used a male pronoun. Was it not the Women’s Studies Departments that started these silly word games?

      Perhaps I need to wait for your forthcoming article, but why would you claim that the brain has little or nothing to do with thinking?

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