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  •  OK, I understand. You didn't mean "critical (0+ / 0-)

    analysis" in the way I thought.  As to what I see as the difference between "cynical" and "critical":

    For one, "cynicism" and "cynical" refer to a state or disposition, whereas "criticism" and "critical" refers to an act.  But given that, I don't know what it means to have and analysis that's cynical.  It would be like "hunger analysis" or "happy analysis." That said, both critics and cynics could be analytical and fair minded. For that matter, both cynics and critics can be emotional.  Also, cynics can be critical, and critics can be cynical, making it impossible to know who is capable of "rational discourse."  In short, I don't know that it matters whether you can identify cynicism or criticism - or critics or cynics - in order to have a productive and rational discussion.      

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 09:36:31 PM PST

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      It seems like you're purposely missing the point to avoid discussing it.  

      Have a good one.

      forecasters of disasters show proofs that show they're right, but you can block out anything counting each fluorescent light...

      by otto on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 06:59:03 AM PST

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