The entire canon of Western thought, from Aristotelian logic to George Boole (he of boolean arithmetic) to the divide-and-conquer approach of science, invites us to view and categorize the world according to its differences, not its similarities. A table is a table and a chair is a chair. Language is the tool we use for […]
No one could see the color blue until modern times. I’ve always suspected that our language affects how we see the world, and this is a great example.
I’ve always had a secret liking for split infinitives. Today I found a perfect example. Therapists are trained not to tell you exactly what to do, no matter how much I ask. I would much rather see (using brackets to indicate a sentence component) Therapists are trained to [not tell you exactly what to do], no […]