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Define "Normal"

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Vancouver 2010, Mar 30, 2004.

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What is your definition of "normal"?

  1. "Adhering to the norm" / "The majority" / etc.

    20 vote(s)
    62.5%
  2. "Occuring naturally" / etc.

    7 vote(s)
    21.9%
  3. Other (please define)

    5 vote(s)
    15.6%
  1. Vancouver 2010

    Vancouver 2010 Getting Paid to Code

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    What I'm finding annoying in all these recent threads about homosexuality are people consistently calling homosexuality either normal or not normal, when they seem to have differing definitions of the word itself! So, I want to know what your definition of "normal" is. (Please, if you want to discuss homosexuality and how "normal" or "not normal" it is, use one of the homosexuality threads and not this one.)
     
  2. CurtSibling

    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff Supporter

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    'Normal' is what you see it as...

    Everyone's definition is different.
     
  3. yaroslav

    yaroslav Emperor

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    The contrary thing to not normal.
     
  4. Vancouver 2010

    Vancouver 2010 Getting Paid to Code

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    And I suppose "not normal" is the contrary thing to normal?

    I suppose it's a good way to avoid actually defining it. (Mmm... circular references...)
     
  5. yaroslav

    yaroslav Emperor

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    Jokes aside, with normal in some context I want to say the average behaviour and in other contexts what happens naturally.... but I don't consider being unnormal as anything bad.
     
  6. yaroslav

    yaroslav Emperor

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    Definitions are very difficult. I've yet to find a definition of what is human that I like.
     
  7. gael

    gael Ard Ri

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    Behaviour that is practiced by the majority within social or cultural boundaries is considered 'normal' behavour.

    Anything that deviates beyond that is generally considered not 'normal'.
    It dosn't mean it is a bad thing, its just not what is perceived to be by the majority as normal behaviour
     
  8. Double Barrel

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    I'd say ["Adhering to the norm" / "The majority" / etc.]

    There are naturally occurring things that are not "normal" (i.e. El Nino, the hurricane that just hit Brazil, snow in southern Texas, etc).

    However, I agree with CurtSibling. Everyone's definition is different, especially when the dictionary gives many definitions!

    from Websters (and these are only two of the eight definitions in the dictionary)
     
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    col Old Fart Retired Moderator

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  10. Pongui

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    Perhaps somtimes we say "normal" when we really mean "typical" or "standard".
     
  11. gael

    gael Ard Ri

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    I don't think you can expect a solid answer if you ask what is normal and leave it open. It has to be within a context.
     
  12. WillJ

    WillJ Coolness Connoisseur

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    Considering the root of the word is norm, I prefer the first definition in the poll to the second one. I use the word natural for the second meaning, although I do recognize it as an alternate definition to normal as well.
     
  13. CIVPhilzilla

    CIVPhilzilla Reagan Republican

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    A fictionary stardard set by society.
     
  14. Desmond Hawkins

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    What everyone percieves to be standard, which of course is different for every person, so there is no objective definition.
     
  15. ybbor

    ybbor Will not change his avata

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    i prefer to think of it as having no lose ends

    so there is no 'normal' definition of normal

    on topic: i like (and agree with) what Sean Lindstrom said
     
  16. Achinz

    Achinz Hermit of Huangshan

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    Taking the derivation of the word from "norm" which my dictionary defines as

    . a standard or model
    . a mean or average

    So in your limited list, no. 1 is a candidate.
     
  17. newfangle

    newfangle hates you.

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    Perpendicular.
     
  18. CenturionV

    CenturionV Warrior Forever

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    its just an open description of the current held views, normal in iran is totally different than normal in the USA.
     
  19. Knowze Gungk

    Knowze Gungk NOT a mushroom

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    when it comes to human nature, normal simply means expected. The problem is, humans have many stupid & pointless expectations.
     
  20. Bozo Erectus

    Bozo Erectus Master Baker

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    'Normal' is whatever a majority of people think it is, at any given moment.
     

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