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Unread postby Liz » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:04 am

6. Do you believe your Noel Coward quote--that skeptics generally turn out to be the most receptive and vulnerable?

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I do. Just as I believe that the most ardent cynics are probably secretly frustrated idealists. I think this dynamic is common in human nature, especially in strong personalities that tilt one way to an overwhelming degree. When I came across the Noel Coward quote early in my research it became the hook on which I hung the entire book. It's really much more central to the theme of the novel than any of the "Is she or isn't she?" plot mechanics.
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Unread postby Betty Sue » Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:08 pm

Interesting analysis!! Rings true!! Think he's got me figured out!! :eyebrow:
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Mar 11, 2006 5:30 pm

It makes sense to me because a skeptic isn't necessarily against the idea, in fact the skeptic is open to believe once something can be proven to his/her satisfaction. They generally want to believe but are open to facts/discussion in either direction. This will an interesting topic to revisit after we see the movie!
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Unread postby gilly » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:59 pm

So is he saying that sceptics want to believe, but are held back by lack of evidence.?..I think I tend to mix up scepticicsm with cynicism.. :dunce: ..
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Unread postby Theresa » Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:18 am

I agree, gilly -- I also tend to mix the two words up.

So now I'm thinking that a skeptic doesn't believe it until he sees it, and a cynic doesn't believe it even if he does see it. Or do I have that backwards?

I think that Gangemi had the right idea to make that quote his "hook". It made a much more interesting story than just that "is she or isn't she" mystery
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Unread postby gilly » Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:28 am

Not only do I get mixed up between cynic and skeptic ...I also mix up the spelling :lol: My skeptics are sceptic...now is that a Freudian slip.?.. :capnjack: :-O
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:39 am

gilly wrote:Not only do I get mixed up between cynic and skeptic ...I also mix up the spelling :lol: My skeptics are sceptic...now is that a Freudian slip.?.. :capnjack: :-O


:perplexed: Could very well be, gilly! :lol:
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Unread postby Theresa » Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:42 am

gilly wrote:Not only do I get mixed up between cynic and skeptic ...I also mix up the spelling :lol: My skeptics are sceptic...now is that a Freudian slip.?.. :capnjack: :-O

You're not too mixed up, gilly.

Skeptic is the American spelling of sceptic. So you can be sceptical or skeptical -- just stay away from cynical.
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Unread postby suec » Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:38 pm

An interesting comment, that the "Is she or isn't she?" plot mechanics weren't as important. It did seem to be about other things in the end.
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Unread postby Liz » Sun Mar 12, 2006 10:11 pm

theresa wrote:I agree, gilly -- I also tend to mix the two words up.

So now I'm thinking that a skeptic doesn't believe it until he sees it, and a cynic doesn't believe it even if he does see it. Or do I have that backwards?

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This is the way I understand it, Theresa.
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Unread postby gilly » Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:53 pm

A cynic will never believe .... :cool:
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