These statistics, however accidental and therefore uninstructive
they may appear, as they have a certain completeness, have a certain value also.
So, whereas later philosophers adopted what came to be known as the analytic/synthetic dichotomy and classified math as certain but uninstructive
, Locke held that mathematical reasoning transcends these categories: It is both certain and instructive.
This is not because its irony is cruel or uninstructive
, but because it is not so much a story with a beginning, middle, and end as it is a litany of clear and beautiful impressions of her mother occasioned by the saleswoman's careless misinterpretation of her mother's skin.
Crucially, this tendency to cry 'kailyard' whenever uncomfortably confronted with a Scottish text or tradition lying awkwardly at odds with contemporary trends in national sensibility has resulted both in a rather 'lazy' over-application of the term and also in an uninstructive
under-appreciation of the analytical purposes for which the category of 'kailyard' was originally intended.
Franklin comments: "[i]t is this incompatibility, finally, which underlies Patrizzi's "consolation." The human story, he concedes, is "truthful," but only grosso modo--in its coarser outlines--which means that it is "uninstructive
." (22) As to their general effect on history and method, he writes:
Ladies and gentlemen:--Old international patterns are crumbling; old slogans are uninstructive
; old solutions are unavailing ...
and disappointingly uninstructive
. The essential nexus test for
It is striking that this kind of worthless exchange featured in his operational definition of pain and pleasure: 'The pain of tender Eyes, and the pleasure of Musick; Pain from captious uninstructive
wrangling, and the pleasure of rational conversation with a Friend, or of well directed study in the search and discovery of Truth'.
(16) (If American Jewish history suffered prejudice, it came from within Jewish studies itself, where Europeanists, until recently, tended to view the field as "uninstructive
or irrelevant or unchallenging." (17)) Generous donations from private individuals and Jewish communal organizations have fueled this growth.
per page charge." (134) This seems to contradict the previous information about being able to view opinions without charge, and a visit to the "frequently asked questions" area of the website is uninstructive
Daragh Carville's script begins as a thought-provoking drama highlighting the divisive nature of fundamentalist dictates but it loses its way, turning into an uninstructive
It is entertaining and not altogether uninstructive
to speculate on what our ideals would have been had we defined fitness to survive in other ways: if instead of beasts of prey, we had chosen other animals for our models.