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Willis Eschenbauch's comment

Willis Eschenbach
January 27, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Nick Stokes January 27, 2017 at 11:57 am
Quote:The process of adding any source of protons is correctly described as acidification. There is no pH level that makes that usage inappropriate. Just as adding heat to something is heating. It doesn’t matter whether it is an ice cube or a furnace.

Not true in the slightest. There is an entire field of study on “neutralization“, which I clearly remember from high school chemistry. For those who took it, remember measuring pH by a process called “titration”? We’d start out with say a solution of unknown alkalinity. To that solution we would gradually add an acid (a source of protons”) in order to NEUTRALIZE the solution.
So there is a whole field, titration, where “the process of adding any source of protons is correctly described as” NEUTRALIZATION.

I love it when you get on your high horse and start spouting about absolutes, saying that there are none of these, saying things are always some way or another, some kind of absolute statement without any qualifiers. It makes it so easy to falsify your claims.

But the craziest part is watching you wiggle and twist to try to do the one thing I’ve never, ever seen you do—admit that you were wrong on even the most insiginificant point. You seem totally unaware that admitting error makes people respect and believe you MORE, not less. A man who never admits error is a man who can never be trusted.
That process starts in 3 … 2 … 1 …
It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952

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