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Prose And Communication

  • Word Count: 2372
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Science, Philosophy and History

Does poor prose affect communication?
Subtitle: The Particulars Of The Manner In Which The Craftsmanship Of Manuscription And The Construction Of Linguistic Morpholage Of Textual Composition Hold A Relationship With The Not Ineffective Metamorphosement Of Explicit Connotation

Don't try to show off how smart you are by using terms they cannot understand.


Assess this statement:
"Feyerabend wildly exaggerates the importance of language. While it is true that scientists often write poorly, there is no evidence that this poor prose affects either communication or the psyche of the writer."

There was a period in history where most scientific writing was written in a certain style of prose. This style, among other things was incredibly verbose, made heavy use of the passive voice, weakened nouns, and included many new words for the most common actions, feelings, and circumstances. The idea behind this was that scientific writing would sound more objective and well, scientific. This trend flourished during the years of 1930 to 1970, and while it is becoming less and less popular, many science teachers still insist on it .

Feyerabend claims “a wall is erected between the writers and their readers not because of some lack of knowledge, not because the writers do not know their readers, but in order to make utterances conform to some curious professional ideal of objectivity” . This 'curious professional ideal of objectivity' he refers to is the style of prose mentioned above. Feyerabend also claims that writing in such a crude, inhumane and thoughtless manner affects the psyche of the writer .

I think it affects communication, and it affects the psyche of the writer. This essay examines the possibilities.

The Scientific Prose

People have long noted the problem. George Orwell was onto it 60 years ago with his essay “Politics a...

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