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I think figurative language is powerful and important. I consider myself 'metaphorically challenged', because I quickly developed a huge vocabulary as a child, and never had much of a struggle finding the right word to express myself precisely. But precision, it turns out, facilitates expression, but not communication: it doesn't help others understand how the argument works inside my head. Metaphors do. And with just a tiny pinch of Freud, we can see them as 'leaky', revealing all sorts of things Savulescu might have preferred to hide. We can now say: Savulescu views HIV as a species of toxic waste. That's a kind of metonymic violence that can be called out as such, not just attacked for being imprecise.

Great to see you start blogging! Look forward to reading more.

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