Monday, March 11, 2013

Updating my list of oxymorons



Words that Don’t Belong Together: 

(My old list of oxymorons (or oxymora))

       scientific consensus

       religious tolerance

       military intelligence and

       university innovation!

Example:
Scientific Consensus

-         This is not the validation criterion for science

       Darwin  and Galileo were not initially in the majority

       Science is fragmented – there is no correspondence between the scope of disciplinary coverage and the boundaries of disputed issues

       Consensus is usually the precursor of paradigm shift (Kuhnian scientific revolution)
 

A new oxymoron for my list, used yesterday by the British Prime Minister David Cameron:
Free market politics (why is this an oxymoron?)
 
 

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