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I want to touch on three specific topics from Radiolab’s “Words” and how they interplay with Guy Deutscher’s “Language & Thought” essay (no link, but you can find it on the NY Times website). From “Words” specifically we hear of three basic stories – a man with no language, the transition from isolated “Islands” of word-groups to interconnected cognitive structures, and the impact these words have on our internal thought structure.
These concepts seem to run against the premise of the “Language & Thought” essay, which was of particular interest to me. For the longest time I’ve held the notion that, without the linguistic concepts to contain a given thought or idea, it would be difficult (if not impossible) to actually have that thought. The “Language & Thought” essay focuses on a similar theory, posited by Benjamin Whorf circa 1940, but spends substantial time repudiating that theory on the grounds that it has no basis, and has been scientifically proven inaccurate, before investigating several explicit counterpoints to Whorf’s treatise.
So, the last time I bothered updating this thing was in July of 2009. Over half a year ago. Now, that’s not too unusual, but this place probably deserves more than that. So, I could ramble on about how I’m going to refocus my efforts, make it a goal to write more, rehash the same empty promises as always, but let’s face it — I probably won’t write. And even if I did, it’s not like anyone ever reads this. So, instead – I’m going to make some excuses.
Ok, really just one excuse.
I’m bloody busy. I recently (yesterday) discovered exactly how busy I am. See, there’s only 168 hours in a week. No more, no less, unless you live in an area that believes in “daylight savings time” in which case you may have one week with 169 hours, and one week with 167, but let’s not go there. For our purposes, a week is fixed at 168 hours.
I work, Monday through Friday, from roughly 5:00 to 2:00. That’s 45 hours per week. I also drive around 2 hours per day, getting to and from work. That’s another 10 hours.
I am also currently enrolled at UW River Falls, ostensibly studying physics (though I’ve had no physics-related courses, yet), part time. Six credits. At UWRF, every credit is considered equivalent to 50 minutes of class time per week, and three hours of homework. So, six credits is three hours in class, 18 hours of homework. This semester I’m also “testing out” of ENGL-100 – college composition – which is an additional three credits. Granted, there is no class-time associated with “testing out” — but it does involve homework, so I’m going to count it as another nine hours of time. Which is a lie. But I’m sticking to it.
It also takes ~90 minutes, round-trip, from my house, to the “campus” parking lot (we “commuters” have our own parking lot which is about 15 – 20 minutes from campus, on foot), to the actual campus, back to my car, and back home. Three days a week.
So, what am I talking about here? 55 hrs/wk work and commuting, 4.5 hrs/wk commuting to school, 32 hrs/wk school and homework. 91.5 hrs/wk of those precious 168 hours, gone. That leaves 76.5 hours/wk for things like sleeping, eating, raising three kids and taking care of a house.
As you can see, writing random nonsense for a blog no one reads isn’t very practical. And I probably will continue not doing it. Because I’m a very busy man. At least, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.