New Year's Eve Reflection

As I write here by the window of an office near Union Square in NYC, New Year’s Eve approaches, my 66th year looms. Do I go gentle into the unquiet night? Or take my cue from the Master? Nicolas Walter, in his pamphlet About Anarchism, lays bare the eternal situation: Anarchists see progress quite differently, … More New Year's Eve Reflection

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Can We Think without Words?

Are language and thought one and the same? Can we only know reality through the medium of language? Donald Fagen, one of the geniuses behind Steely Dan, in his autobiography Elegant Hipsters, traces entire subcultures spawned by Count Korzybski’s General Semantics. The basic idea of the book is succinctly summarized by Steven Pinker in The Language Instinct: “General … More Can We Think without Words?