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Tuesday, November 1st 2016, 4:52pm

Henry D Schlinger Jr., Ph.D., BCBA-D - Can We Act to Save the World - JF's Centennial Event - prhasing meaning

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At 06:08 Schlinger says:
Just another failed mutation, just another closed-in biological mistake, an evolutionary cul-de-sac.

What does he mean by closed-in?

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Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, 6:17pm

This is when he quotes George Carlin. And, without checking other sources, it sounds like "... just another closed end biological mistake..." Where "closed end" is the opposite of "open end". Compare keeping a question "open" (unanswered), and "closing" a question by deciding on an answer (even if the answer might not be the most accurate). So "open" can be compared to the word "changeable", while "closed" means "unchangeable".

Within the context of the quote, if humans caused their own extinction, by mistake, that would be the "end". The mistake is "close-ended" because there is no continuation, or other possible outcomes, that can be expected to come from it.

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Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, 10:59pm

Thank you Sir, that was indeed helpful!

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