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Old 08/10/2006, 12:31 AM
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Default Re: Something to get off my chest

I am not sure where you are taking this argument. Let's take it back to the beginning. Let's say it is an American glass with a volume of 8oz. There is a line at the 4oz mark. This is what we are discussing. The water only fills half the volume(4oz) so it is right on the line. We know that the amount is somewhere between 4.00 and 4.20 oz because of how thick the line is. So it is definitely not less than half full and the amount more than half is negligible. So is it half empty or half full?

Sergei was saying you cannot tell unless you know whether the glass was being filled or emptied because if you were filling it then it would be halfway full, but if you were emptying it it is halfway emptied. In essence the metaphor only applies to people who don't know what is going on and wish to take a guess. They think one guess is somehow more valuable(half full) than the other(half empty). This isn't always true.
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