It only became a problem when I had a cranky metaphysics professor. He kept reminding me -not politely at all- that: "it isn't likely, it isn't certain, we are not dealing with certainties, we're dealing with the TRUTH!"Do you find this a problem in any way (socially etc.)?
What an ass! Oh, I should qualify that. Based on the comment you've relayed above and the attitude attributed to it, I am fairly certain that he is an ass!It only became a problem when I had a cranky metaphysics professor. He kept reminding me -not politely at all- that: "it isn't likely, it isn't certain, we are not dealing with certainties, we're dealing with the TRUTH!"
I have this same problem. Customers would get irritated with me because they felt like I wasn't giving them what they wanted. So I finally took all the qualifiers out of my speech patterns at work and suddenly the customers were happier. I use qualifiers at home and with friends all the time but when at work I have to look customers in the eye, always have a firm handshake ready, and never use qualifiers if I have any hope of being taken seriously. It's actually rather irritating.Working in a local supermarket makes the use of qualifiers a bit of a problem. I can tell a customer everything I they need to know about a product but still leave the person feeling uncertain while someone else will say effectively the same thing and sell the item immediately. Saying "this is most likely your best choice based on what you have told me" vs "this is the perfect solution for your problem" will do that I suppose.
Were you talking about just us?Yeah. Qualifiers and parentheses (very difficult to resist temptation to add extra, relevant information).
It does pose a problem, because most other people simply aren't as precise as we are. This means they're used to interpreting any qualifiers as indicators of significant uncertainty. What's 60% to them though is usually about 80-90% for us. Our thoughts are as certain as theirs, simply expressed less so. Makes communication and being taken seriously very difficult.
Dammit now I can't make a single post until I'm willing to face my 1000th.
Perhaps I can post my responses to all threads in edits.
To this, I mean.
Post-argument qualifiers are a problem as well. My thoughts are clarified through discussion, and what may have existed in my subconscious is only adequately expressed after several attempts. This is seen as sneaky position-changing, but in fact isn't (need to think about this more; may change mind).
Dammit, I want to post in Glove's masturbation thread but I can't because of these damn numbers.