The Wild World Wide Web of Wikipedia Weasel Words

(aren’t titles fun?) I wish you could link in titles but that would be oddly disorienting so go here to see the definition of weasel words.

The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end.

I thought I would begin with the meaning of life.

Life (cf. biota) is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have signaling and self-sustaining processes from those that do not,[1][2] either because such functions have ceased (death), or else because they lack such functions and are classified as inanimate.

Problem solved! Right? No? That sort of tells you what it looks like, but not what is actually there. It doesn’t answer the question of what it means to be alive.

What does to be mean?

“To be” redirects here. For the song, see To Be. For the Shakespeare quotation, see To be, or not to be. For the philosophical concept, see being. For the similar word, see Tobe.

In linguistics, a copula (plural: copulas or copulae) is a word used to link the subject of a sentence with a predicate (a subject complement), such as the word is in the sentence “The sky is blue.” The word copula derives from the Latin noun for a “link” or “tie” that connects two different things.[1]

Thank you, very helpful.

Lets try at the universe. I am very curious about what the universe is, why it exists, and how life fits into it.

The Universe is commonly defined as the totality of existence,[1][2][3][4] including planetsstarsgalaxies, the contents of intergalactic space, and all matter and energy.[5][6] The broadest definition of universe is that it is simply everything, while a narrower definition is that the universe is limited to what can be observed.[dubious – discuss] Similar terms include the cosmos, the world and nature.

“The totality of existence” so everything is the universe? Why is everything? What is everything?

Everything (or every thing), is all that exists; the opposite of nothing, or its complement. The totality of things relevant to some subject matter. Without expressed or implied limits, it may refer to anything. The Universe is often defined as everything that exists. It may refer to an anthropocentric worldview,[1] or the sum of human experience, history, and the human condition in general.

So everything is also anything. It is all the general and specific at once. That certainly seems weasely to me.

Isn’t it strange? Only when you know the question will you know what the answer means. How do we find the question?

By the way, what is Earth?

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and the densest and fifth-largest of the eight planets in the Solar System. It is also the largest of the Solar System’s four terrestrial planets. It is sometimes referred to as the world or the Blue Planet.

Just for snakes and galoshes here are two more definitions.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. Perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor – of which no Earthman had ever heard of. More popular than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, better selling than Fifty-Three More Things to do in Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Colluphid‘s trilogy of philosophical blockbusters Where God Went Wrong,Some More of God’s Greatest Mistakes and Who is this God Person Anyway? It’s already supplanted the Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for two important reasons. First, it’s slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC printed in large friendly letters on its cover. – The Guide

Wikipedia (Listeni/ˌwɪkɨˈpdiə/ or Listeni/ˌwɪkiˈpdiə/ wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a collaboratively editedmultilingualfree Internet encyclopedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 26 million articles, over 4.2 million in the English Wikipedia alone, are written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site,[3] and it has about 100,000 active contributors.[4][5] As of April 2013, there are editions of Wikipedia in 286 languages. It has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet,[6][7][8][9][10] ranking sixth globally among all websites on Alexa and having an estimated 365 million readers worldwide.[6][11]  – Wikipedia


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