circular logic

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Tue Nov 27 2001 - 20:38:31 GMT

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    > you still insist that the wheel is
    > not imitated, merely used.

    I don't imitate a wheel when I ride my bicycle.

    And if I imitate a wheel, rather than use one, I'm not sure how
    I'd be riding.

    But, yes, granted, if I want to make one from scratch, I _might_
    need to use something circular.

    But, hey, why try so hard?, here's a spoked and trued wheel
    right here- (sitting at the bike shop, or available through a
    catalog.) I'll think I'll use that instead of imitating it to
    produce some unknown alternative as it seems to work for all
    those other bicycles out there.

    If all you mean by imitation is that wheels all look alike,
    well, they don't. They are all circular though (the ones that
    work), and if all you mean by imitation is that all wheels are
    circular, well, of course they are. They're wheels. And if all
    you mean by imitation is that designers working on a wheel
    prototype have to draw a circle every time, well, I think the
    circle is a little more basic to design then that.

    - Wade

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