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Re: Hot, Cold, and Temperature

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 5:07
Philippe Caquant wrote:

> Of course, this is all very subjective. But I was > trying to avoid the "thinking" attitude, like in: > spiders cannot be negative, BECAUSE they can be useful > (this is analyzing, I referred to instinct).
I really don't have a negative reaction to spiders. I mentioned some reasons that might be the case, but only after I considered my instinctive reaction. Moths and flies would be better "negative" examples for me (others may disagree). Something that hadn't occurred to me before is that this is more of an "attractive vs. repulsive" scale than "positive vs. negative" -- the correlation of "attractive" with "positive" and "repulsive" with "negative" is still arbitrary. Then of course "attractive" and "repulsive" themselves are metaphors, but I don't know a better way to express it....