- Precision in words is extremely important
- Denials of the importance of word precision are motivated by a dishonest desire to attack human knowledge
- Misuse of language (e.g., through equivocation) demonstrates the need of precise definitions
If Objectivists were better at recognizing and applying the insight embedded in Rand's "unit-economy," perhaps they wouldn't be so quick to make such a fuss about precision. In practical matters, precision is not always necessary. If a guest in my house is looking for butter and I say "The butter's in the refrigerator," that may not be all that precise (where exactly is the butter?), but it is precise enough for practical purposes. If I am sending someone to the moon, the instructions will have to be much more precise -- so much so that they won't be entirely conveyable by means of language, but will inevitably require exhaustive training and repetition in order to be conveyed.