Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:46 am Post
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Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:25 am Post
CJ Parmenter wrote:Bear in mind that editing software has been programmed by human beings -- in other words, it is making an evaluation that is based on what the programmers think is important, or on what the programmers are capable of incorporating into the software. You may actually be getting bad "advice". Ironically, it is only possible to judge whether these programs are any good or not when you have arrived at a level of knowledge that makes them redundant.
It might be more useful to do some reading about writing. Everyone will have their own list, but in my case I found these interesting or useful: E. Gowers, *The complete plain words*; Kingsley Amis, *The King's English*; Bill Bryson, *Mother tongue*; G. V. Carey, *Mind the stop*. I also have a kind of love affair with the Oxford English Dictionary -- I have the full version on my Mac hard drive! One of the best things I ever bought. You might also have a look at Swift's famous essay *A letter to a young gentleman, lately enter’d into holy orders* (http://jonathanswiftarchive.org.uk/brow ... _3_2.html#).
Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:29 pm Post
Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:41 am Post
mbbntu wrote:Er ... thank you for the implied compliment. Just my personal thoughts on the matter!
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:12 am Post
Hugh wrote:I can see that they could well have a role if they worked, but, within my experience, software has yet to conquer fully the intricacies of English use.
Hugh wrote:And by the way, Martin, rhythm (of the right sort) as a hugely desirable but widely disregarded attribute of English prose? Yesss!
Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:27 am Post
PJS wrote:I doubt that software -- excluding that between the ears -- ever can conquer those intricacies. What it might conquer is the self-confidence of so many writers that its own formulae/paradigms become accepted as de facto standards. As if the poor language didn't already have enough problems.
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:49 am Post
Jaysen wrote:The question, that I'm not sure is answerable, is if "creativity" is cognitive or not. If creativity is a mere matter of comparison, extension, and combination (compare ideas, extend them internally then combine them in prose) then all a truly self teaching cognitive application would need is adequate hardware to process and store its "thoughts".
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