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No Words?

BookSlut tweeted Words by RadioLab. Thanks!

RadioLab tries to create for us what a world without words might be like.

Worth listening to (it’s about an hour long in two three parts) and thinking about if you can figure out how… I can’t think really well about this yet.

Feels like it’s worth thinking about. Their take on Shakespeare – at about 25 minutes – is fascinating! Who knew how much of the way we use language could be laid to the Bard!

Reminiscent somehow of a video about Helen Keller learning to sign the word water.

The second half is, at least for mediators, more powerful than the first – amazing.

The third part reminds me of how my mind and mouth behave differently when I speak a little bit of Spanish. And how my twins briefly had their own language – which came before English. Wish I’d encouraged them to keep both.

What do you think words or language does to us? Are you filled up enough to write?

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  • jorgekafkazar

    Me Tarzan; you Jane.

    • What a great giggle this gave me this morning Jorge, thanks. And ugh right back atcha!

  • The color thing is really tricky. I was telling someone about a gray chair and they had no idea what I was talking about. Finally, my friend said, “Oh, you mean the blue one”. Looked gray to me.

    I had the same odd revelations about time and money. So much of everything is just an agreed-upon paradigm.

  • At university I did a whole paper on the philosophy of language. I didn’t know then and I don’t know now what the heck it was all about, but we had some interesting discussions in tutorial groups 😉
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    • I love reading books about the philosophy of language and also am fortunate to have two friends who enjoy philosophizing with me.

  • My realization came when I understood that even if you and I agree that the lawn is green there’s no way to tell if we’re actually seeing the same color!

  • I can still remember the afternoon when I realized that language was just a group of sounds that people agreed meant something. Objects, actions, descriptors, ideas.

    Just made up sounds. Amazing.

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