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obsertaries t1_iui6e9v wrote

They mean that car thieves will just choose some other street or other time to steal cars.

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Xywzel t1_iuibi7l wrote

Oh, yeah, that does make sense, it just sounded like you can avoid having your stereo stolen, but your car might end up in yesterday.

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obsertaries t1_iuiiirf wrote

Yeah sci-fi has conditioned us to associate “temporal” with time travel.

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Xywzel t1_iuilecs wrote

I still understand "temporal" as "related to time", but "temporal displacement" gets to that scifi range.

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obsertaries t1_iuilszj wrote

In linguistics I’ve heard that expression used a few times. All kinds of other living things have ways to communicate with each other, but human language is one of the very few that can communicate about temporal or spacial displacement, i.e. you can talk about things that the listener can’t see in exactly that place and time, like what you had for breakfast this morning or what the weather is like in Alaska right now.

It was originally believe they only human language can do this, but now it seems that bee dances have that function as well.

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