is a thing, what it, is used for?

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  1. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    someone asked me once:

    If you sit on a table, does it become a chair?

    I'm on the fence on this one, half of me says yes.
    but the other half says, technically at this point its either a chable or a tair.

    is a thing, defined by what it is used for, or for what it appears to be?
    or is there a grand comittee that figures the names for things and it just is?
     
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    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's

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    A committee, but they're not as grand as they used to be. Budget cuts and so forth.
     
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    Your answer is built in to your question. If the table became a chair simply because you sat on it, then you couldn’t sit on a table to begin with on account of it ceasing at that point to be a table. In order for the question to hold up, the table has to remain a table as you sit on it. A certain amount of hubris is required to believe that a thing ceases to be what it is simply because of what you decide to do with it.
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Does its essence exist outside of its use, or is it defined by use?

    If you crap in your hat, is it now a toilet?
     
  5. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    it certainly is a conundrum, isn't it?
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    do you know if they still have an annual dance and can anybody wear a hat or do you have to be a member?
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    I've always felt a substantial amount of hubris was required just to get out of bed in the morning. Thankfully my oldman left me rather well off in this regard...
     
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    Reminds me of when I played Rugby League footy, either right wing or half full on d'fence.
     
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    Anybody can wear a hat, but only members can wear a toilet-hat.
     
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    Well, since I don't have a tair I'm sitting here on the choor pondering life..............and my spellcheck is going crazy......:)
     
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    A is A, 2+2=4, and......

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    Monkeys have been reported to have molested footballs. What exactly would you call that?
     
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    If you poop your pants do they become toilet paper?
     
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    illegal ball handling, recommend 15 yard penalty.
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    I belive semantically at that point they are an actual toilet and your underpants as well. you certainly seem to know your stuff when it comes to stuff..
     
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    Well, they're all tables actually... it's just that over time, certain tables just seemed to be more suitable for sitting on, so we adopted the term 'chair' for those. So people knew where to sit. Others have proposed the idea that long ago, tables and chairs were all actually called chairs, and the ones that are flat on the top which are better suited for spreading out the Sunday newspaper, started being called tables. But I'm not so sure about that.

    Is that actually a fence you're sitting on, then?
    o_O
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    I beleive if one does this in germany, they become a schisskopf. which means toileten hatte in high german.
     
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    If some one glues a chair to your head, does it become a hat?

    What if, when you sit on the table, there was already a small pool of super glue there, and now the table is glued to your maximus, is it now a pair of underwear?

    Now, you are walking with a table at your backside and a chair on your head. Are you a movable feast?
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    they may evolve slowly overtime, with the chair being a larval form and the table being the adult form. I recommend we get a sizable government grant to study this, plus we'll get some new furniture for this place. I don't want to cast aspersions,but the lobby is starting to look a bit ratty. those old Rolling Stone magazines don't help things much either.. Oasis broke up like decades ago....
     
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    I can snitch a few Outside zines from my doctor's office and throw those in the lobby, if that would help?
     
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