“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” -George Orwell PRI’s The World had a segment on the Hebrew language and mentioned how academics were searching to create new words in Hebrew. This isn’t a feature specific to Hebrew. There are plenty of languages which have regulatory authorities whose role is to create … [Read more…]
My newest OkCupid message: “hello dear,how are you?can you friendship me?by the way 26 year live in paris ,i hope you replay me,i wait for you” I’d rather not replay that message, that’s for sure.
I’ve got a new post up at Life On The Swingset. “A colleague mentioned that she was watching a movie that included a scene with couples tossing their keys into a bowl, and at that moment her teenage daughter walked into the room. Confused by the scene, the daughter asked why the couples were tossing … [Read more…]
“Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.” -Richard Dawkins I wrote before about the discussion of the good and bad deeds committed by Joe Paterno and how people seem to juxtapose these events in some sort of moralistic pros and cons list. I mentioned the … [Read more…]
“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.” – Richard Dawkins On my commute this morning, I listend to Radio Lab today and their discussion about the Battle of Jericho. According to the Book of Joshua (Joshua 6:1-27), the Israelites, led by Joshua, attacked the city of Jericho … [Read more…]