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Unformatted text preview: about “The Science Wars” and “The Mammogram War” and it’s because of the imagery. We picture defeating breast cancer and furthering our scientific knowledge. Furthermore, Tannen asserts continuing to think of our lives as battles leads us to structure many different human ideas and interactions as a fight between two sides. However, I do not see this as detrimental. As humans we progress and think in the terms of fighting and winning the battle. This progressive thinking, whether it be defeating cancer, or defeating an opponent in battle, or a debate is what encourages people to continue struggling for the things they want to change. I believe this is incredibly valuable and is what allows us to progress with new ideas and perspectives not only as individuals but in communities and as a race in general....
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- Spring '08
- Deborah Tannen, specific words