[Tutor] [OT] Re: While learning Py: To IDE or not to IDE?
Brian van den Broek
brian.van.den.broek at gmail.com
Mon May 21 17:44:40 CEST 2012
On 21 May 2012 03:39, "Steven D'Aprano" <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> boB Stepp wrote:
>> now on learning an IDE if it will save me time overall. IF it would be
>> beneficial now to learn an IDE, then it begs the question
> No it doesn't. It RAISES the question -- begging the question means to
*assume the answer in the question*, and it is a logical fallacy.
> "Notepad is the best editor, because no other editor is as good as
Notepad" is begging the question.
I am a philospher of logic and mathematics. Everytime I encounter 'begs the
question' used in the way which you here resist, a little piece inside me
dies. Thanks for fighting the good fight!
However, as I hear this on the BBC and CBC Radio, and read it in
periodicals I think ought be edited by those who know better, I confess I
feel the worthy battle is lost.
As W.V.O. Quine said:
We cannot stem the tide of linguistic
change, but we can drag our feet.
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