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The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014 - http://www.thesmartset.com/article...
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014
"The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 is a document of one man’s attempt to repaint his broken landscape. It is remarkable how quickly his world was lost. In hindsight, we think of the First World War as a four-year affair. We forget, though, that Austria-Hungary lost half of its men within the first two weeks of the war — 400,000 men, including 100,000 who were taken prisoner by the Russians. At the war’s start, the grand Austro-Hungarian soldier, with his long ridiculous sword, was often killed or maimed within days of reaching the battlefield. The injured and insane were sent home to wander their cities like ghosts, to parade before the horrified eyes of their neighbors. And the war kept going on." - Maitani
Maitani
The Barefoot Bum: Does epistemology matter? - http://barefootbum.blogspot.de/2014...
The Barefoot Bum: Does epistemology matter?
"A number of articles recently assert that the epistemology of religion doesn't matter; what matters are the practices. (The latest of course, being Religion, Heuristics, and Intergenerational Risk Management, with my response.) And it is asserted that epistemology doesn't matter in a deep way: even if we know that the underlying structure of a set of practices is false, even in the "worst" sense of falsity, that doesn't matter. I find this position deeply problematic." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Eivind
"[A]s vicars and representatives on earth of their national god regarded as standing well above all other gods, they felt it their duty to impose the cult of Ashur in what was for them the whole world."
"This in general could only be achieved by force, but it did not matter since the king's enemies were ipso facto the god's enemies and therefore wicked devils who deserved to be punished whatever they had done. Thus, brigandry and occasional massacres were justified by the politico-religious ideology of the Assyrians; each of their campaigns was a measure of self-defence, an act of gangsterism but also a crusade." - Eivind
Ancient Iraq by Georges Roux - Eivind
The world hasn't changed much. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
The Assyrians are possibly the inventors of the "crusade," but the idea has certainly caught on in later history. - Eivind
I think you'd really like this book (if you haven't already read it), Maitani, even if it is a bit dated in some areas. I loved it :) - Eivind
Thank you, Eivind! I hadn't heard of it, and have put it on my soon-to-purchase-list now. :-) - Maitani
Maitani
Amphitrite’s Brood: Sea-Monsters in the Classical World | res gerendae - http://resgerendae.wordpress.com/2014...
Amphitrite’s Brood: Sea-Monsters in the Classical World | res gerendae
"[δείδω μή] …τί μοι καὶ κῆτος ἐπισσεύῃ μέγα δαίμων ἐξ ἁλός, οἷά τε πολλὰ τρέφει κλυτὸς Ἀμφιτρίτη: [I’m afraid] that some god’s going to send a great sea-monster against me; glorious Amphitrite breeds them in numbers." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Culturally as well as geographically, the sea was central to the Classical world. These days we’re encouraged to think of the Mediterranean as something that united rather than divided the region, teeming with shipping and movement. All of this is true, but sea-faring was also deeply perilous,[1] especially in the autumn and winter. Shipwrecks and deaths at sea were common. It’s no surprise, then, that ancient Mediterranean waters were believed to be home to all manner of monstrous and deadly creatures." - Maitani
Maitani
Indo-European Linguistics  »  Brill Online - http://booksandjournals.brillo...
Indo-European Linguistics  »  Brill Online
"The peer-reviewed journal Indo-European Linguistics (IEL) is devoted to the study of the ancient and medieval Indo-European languages from the perspective of modern theoretical linguistics. It provides a venue for synchronic and diachronic linguistic studies of the Indo-European languages and the Indo-European family as a whole within any theoretically informed or analytical framework. It also welcomes typological investigations, especially those which make use of cross-linguistic data, including that from non-Indo-European languages, as well as research which draws upon the findings of language acquisition, cognitive science, variationist sociolinguistics, and language contact." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Maitani
Fwd: Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic http://nblo.gs/YKDuS (via Demetrios the Traveller http://friendfeed.com/brexian...)
Maitani
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of
"Exactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Today few people in the UK have heard of Bouvines. It has none of the ring of an Agincourt or a Crecy. Probably that is because England lost it. But the battle of 27 July, 1214, was just as significant as England's later victories over the French. Maybe more so." - Maitani
Bouvines and Muret- two 'obscure' battles with huge impace. Imperial loss at Bouvines as crucial as English; northern French victory at Muret also key in shaping France and thus Europe - Pete
It's right. I had never heard of it. But it sounds like it's one of those rare times when a defeat was probably the best outcome. - Mark H
I dunno. John being defeated was probably good, but the French winning- not so much ;) - Pete
Hah, weren't Maldon and Hastings also defeats? - Victor Ganata
Maldon led to an EPIC poem though ;) - Pete
Hasting to the Norman Yoke and thus, by winding roads, Lord of the Rings ;) - Pete
Maitani
"This is a blog about the origins of speech, but what began? How can we tell it when we see it? Parents usually say their children have started talking when they have a couple of words. Linguists tend to look for some hint of grammar. Some experts look for a favorite generative procedure. So there is room for argument even before we come up with a single fact about the beginnings." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"...But there is a long list of "design features" that characterize human language. In the 1950s and 60s the linguist Charles Hockett worked out a list of properties that, taken as a whole, were supposedly unique to language, and the list has become one of the commonsense tests of language origins. If your theory ends up with something that includes Hockett's properties, you may be onto... more... - Maitani
Maitani
The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/dccmt...
The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts
The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts
"Cuneiform writing was invented some 5000 years ago in southern Iraq for the purpose of keeping accounts - and for the next few hundred years book-keeping remained its sole use. The last datable cuneiform tablet, also from southern Iraq, is an astronomical diary for the year 75 CE. For the three millennia spanning the rise and fall of cuneiform writing, and arguably for some time after, numeracy was an inseparable and essential part of literate culture throughout the Middle East." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"While the vast majority of cuneiform tablets contain numerical data, written by professional scribes, a smaller number are the outcome of teaching, learning, or communicating mathematical techniques or ideas as part of scribal education. This website presents transliterations and translations of around a thousand published cuneiform mathematical tablets; a similar number await decipherment and analysis in museums around the world." - Maitani
Maitani
All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds | Science Blogs | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2014...
All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds | Science Blogs | WIRED
All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds | Science Blogs | WIRED
"The new Luc Besson movie Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, opens in theatres countrywide tomorrow. It’s based on the immortal myth that we use only 10 percent of our brains. Johansson’s character is injected with drugs that allow her to access 100 percent of her brain capacity. She subsequently gains the ability to learn Chinese in an instant, beat up bad guys, and throw cars with her mind (among other new talents). Morgan Freeman plays neuroscientist Professor Norman, who’s built his career around the 10 percent claim. “It is estimated most human beings use only 10 percent of the brain’s capacity,” he says, “Imagine if we could access 100 percent.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"As it happens, I’ve written a book all about brain myths (Great Myths of the Brain; due out this November). I thought I’d use what I learned to give you a 60-second explainer on the 10 percent myth." - Maitani
Maitani
The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus. - http://hellespont.dainst.org/startpa...
The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus.
The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus.
"The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus. As a partner of the German Archaeological Institute, the CoDArchLab cooperates with the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University to combine the digital collections of classical studies of both institutions. Thus one of the most comprehensive and free online collections of Greek and Roman antiquity will be available for public and scientific use." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The basis of the Hellespont Project is the combination of text and object data using the metadata format CIDOC CRM. The CRM mapping of the Arachne database is part of other projects of the CoDArchLab carried out at the moment. The use of CIDOC CRM to map ancient text content in order to build a bridge to other types of sources is a methodological innovation." - Maitani
Maitani
The peculiar history of cows in the OED | OxfordWords blog - http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014...
The peculiar history of cows in the OED | OxfordWords blog
"The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has hundreds of words that relate to cows. For most English speakers, the idea that anyone would need so many words for one specific animal probably seems absurd. Especially cows. Perhaps it’s their mysterious ubiquity throughout children’s books and TV shows or just the dull empty look in their eyes, but it’s easy to assume, as a casual observer, that there really isn’t much going on there." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"On a linguistic front, however, you’d be quite mistaken. Here is just a small taste of the strange and fascinating world of cow terminology:" - Maitani
Maitani
Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online - The Local - http://www.thelocal.de/2014072...
Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online - The Local
"Hundreds of thousands of rare records and images from World War I have been put online by the German government, ahead of Monday's 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website." - Maitani
Maitani
Zeitschrift für Indologie und - Inhalt - Zeitschriften der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft - MENAdoc-Sammlung - http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/dmg...
Zeitschrift für Indologie und - Inhalt - Zeitschriften der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft - MENAdoc-Sammlung
"Zeitschrift für Indologie und Iranistik / hrsg. im Auftr. der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft. Leipzig : [Brockhaus [in Komm.], 1922 - 1936" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Maitani
How children categorize living things -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
"Name everything you can think of that is alive." How would a child respond to this question? Would his or her list be full of relatives, animals from movies and books, or perhaps neighborhood pets? Would the poppies blooming on the front steps make the list or the oak tree towering over the backyard? The children's responses in a recent study revealed clear convergences among distinct communities but also illuminated differences among them." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Maitani
Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neurosk...
Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com
"A fascinating little paper in Brain examines Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. It’s a collaboration by British neurologist Edward H. Reynolds and Assyriologist James V. Kinnier Wilson. The sources they discuss are almost 4,000 years old, dating to the Old Babylonian Dynasty of 1894 – 1595 BC. Writing in cuneiform script impressed into clay tablets, the Babylonians left records that (unlike paper) were inherently durable, so many of them have survived. All understanding of cuneiform was lost, however, for thousands of years, only to be deciphered in the 19th century." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The texts reveal that The Babylonians were remarkable observers and documentalists of human illness and behavior. However, their knowledge of anatomy was limited and superficial. Some diseases were thought to have a physical basis, such as worms, snake bites and trauma. Much else was the result of evil forces that required driving out… many, perhaps most diseases required the attention of a priest or exorcist, known as an asipu, to drive out evil demons or spirits." - Maitani
Maitani
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Maitani
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes - http://blog.shunya.net/shunyas...
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
"Here are two wonderful essays I found in the archives of Prospect Magazine. The first essay, from 1999, is by Ray Monk, British philosopher and biographer of Wittgenstein, who Monk calls "the greatest philosopher of [the 20th] century". In it, Monk explores why "At a time like this, when the humanities are institutionally obliged to pretend to be sciences, we need more than ever the lessons about understanding that Wittgenstein—and the arts—have to teach us." (Also check out Wittgenstein, a quirky-brilliant film by Derek Jarman.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The second essay, from 2003, is by British philosopher Simon Blackburn, and is an extraordinary exposition of the life and mind of Richard Rorty, a pragmatist philosopher who Blackburn calls "arguably the most influential philosopher of our time."" - Maitani
Maitani
1177 B.C., the year civilization did not collapse - The Unz Review - http://www.unz.com/gnxp...
1177 B.C., the year civilization did not collapse - The Unz Review
"Recently I read Eric Cline’s 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. It’s a short book. If you are looking to familiarize yourself with the history and culture of the Bronze Age Near East in a format which isn’t a scholarly monograph, this is a good book for that, best read in complement with Robert Drews’ End of the Bronze Age (also see The Coming of the Greeks). If you are looking to understand why the complex of Near Eastern societies, spanning Mycenaean Greece to Babylon and Egypt, went into severe regress in the 12th century, this is not the book. Cline is good at stringing you along, but at the end of the day he doesn’t come to a definitive conclusion." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"And yet civilization did not collapse. It maintained genuine continuity in places such as Egypt and Assyria across the Bronze to Iron Age, and eventually these societies played critical roles in the cultural efflorescence which gave rise to the Axial Age. Arguably 1177 was notable because civilization did not collapse. It seems likely that proto-civilizations did die earlier, lost to... more... - Maitani
Started it this morning :) - Eivind from Android
Wasn't it the sea people ? - Todd Hoff from iPhone
what's the Axial Age? - .mau.
"Axial Age or Axial Period (Ger. Achsenzeit, "axis time") is a term coined by German philosopher Karl Jaspers to describe the period from 800 to 200 BC, during which, according to Jaspers, similar revolutionary thinking appeared in Persia, India, China and the Occident. The period is also sometimes referred to as the Axis Age.[1] Jaspers, in his Vom Ursprung und Ziel der Geschichte (The... more... - Todd Hoff
never heard of it - my knowledge ended with Iron Age. Thanks! - .mau.
Todd :-P (In the last few accounts I've read the Sea Peoples have been viewed more as an effect than a cause. Or at least as a minor cause among many.) - Eivind from Android
I'm not sure if that second paragraph you quoted is supposed to be a summary of the book's conclusions or if those are just Khan's ideas, Maitani. The author thinks collapse is a perfectly fitting term, even though he, of course, acknowledges that there was some continuity: "When the world emerged from the collapse of the Bronze Age, it was indeed a new age, including new opportunities... more... - Eivind from Android
Thank you for citing the author's summary, Eivind. It seems that Khan partly presents his own view (which is interesting and thought-provoking as always) without explicitly sorting it from the author's ideas. - Maitani
I am really looking forward to reading the book. - Maitani
This is basically a summary of the archeological and textual material currently available to Bronze and Iron Age scholars of the extended Middle East. I think it's a good intro to the subject for people with scholarly ambitions (or just people with a fetish for evidence), but I know of more friendly books if one wants a general introduction. That said, I really liked it, but I'm a freak with some prior knowledge :) - Eivind from Android
Also, is it just me or does Khan's knowledge seem a bit dated? I don't really encounter the "Axial Age" much in the recent accounts. - Eivind from Android
Eivind, maybe a few scholars who do comparative religious studies or philosophy of religion still work with that notion, but the idea is certainly not backed by empirical evidence, it is simply wrong, imo. I found this quote in the Wikipedia entry on "Axial Age": "For example, Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the church at the University of Oxford, calls the Jaspers... more... - Maitani
According to your description of the book's tenor and main content, it is what I am looking for. I am interested in the period 1) just because I am a freak, too, 2) because I need more scholarly historical background for historical linguistics. :-) - Maitani
Maitani
"The humblest text can be a fruitful hunting ground." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This napkin is 100% recyclable (Pret’s sustainability department is militant, we’re making headway). If Pret staff get all serviette-ish and hand you huge bunches of napkins (which you don’t need or want) please give them the evil eye. Waste not want not’" - Maitani
Maitani
The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Republic of Zubrowka, Hungary) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_R...
The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Republic of Zubrowka, Hungary) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor
"When we arrived we had some problems with the tram that leads to the main building, but it was quickly fixed by the highly efficient lobby boy. Out of all the common areas the one you should give special attention to is the Turkish bath and the Greek spa. Food was excellent, and on our first day there were regional sweets from the Mendl's bakery in our bedroom out of courtesy -- that was really nice and they tasted delicious. Staff was particularly kind and helfpul. Next season we'll certainly go back!" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/14... - Maitani
aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww - LauraD in Something
Sean McBride
Google is by far the most powerful tool ever created for honing and refining one's writing skills.
Check definitions, spelling, grammar, usage and style; retrieve and verify facts and quotes; consult original texts; translate text. - Sean McBride
I use Google dozens of times a day to check points on writing that would have been uncheckable pre-Google. - Sean McBride
And yet you spend most of your time posting here. - Professor A.I.
I spend little time posting here -- perhaps I think and type faster than you realize. Friendfeed provides a convenient dropbox/notebook for storing bits and pieces for future reference while doing other things. - Sean McBride
Has Google changed your writing habits at all? Writing issues that I have previously wondered about but couldn't take time to track down through print resources can now be resolved instantly. Basically, Google provides numerous capabilities for sharpening one's thinking and writing with little effort. - Sean McBride
Google hasn't improved your sense of humor. - Professor A.I.
Well, Fargo struck me as high comedy -- that is how my sense of humor tends. Your sense of humor may inhabit a higher, more esoteric plane. - Sean McBride
I am pure humor. - Professor A.I.
Now that's funny. - Sean McBride
Seriously, I use Google to check my English writing/conversation (which takes place only in written form) all the time. I am often uncertain as to which idiomatic phrase would be correct and appropriate to use in a given context. I type the phrase I want to write in quotation marks and check a few of the results the search engine provides. I can't think of a better or faster method for... more... - Maitani
Maitani -- I am a native English speaker and I still use Google to confirm my understanding of the fine shadings of English idioms, just as you do. It's also invaluable for resolving subtle capitalization issues and questions about competing spellings for compound nouns -- do I use a space, a hypen or no space or hyphen (closed/solid)? I also use Google Fight to check out which competing and legal spellings for a word are most common. Google is a revolutionary tool for writers. - Sean McBride
And of course while learning foreign languages I can acquire translations in either direction by typing directly into the Google main search box. - Sean McBride
Unfortunately, Google translate doesn't help with writing, not even in English. - Maitani
Google Translate needs work -- it is not always reliable. - Sean McBride
I just had to use Google to look up "on the fritz" -- sometimes expressions that you rarely use sound strange to your ears -- you need to verify that you are getting them right. - Sean McBride
The backgrounds and etymologies of words and expressions -- now instantly accessible. - Sean McBride
Maitani
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog - http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014...
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
"Did you know that there are collective nouns for many different groups of animals? Some you may well be familiar with (such as a litter of kittens or a pride of lions). Others are used less often, but would still be recognized by many people; in this category fall a gaggle of geese and a murder of crows. And then there are those words which you probably haven’t heard – did you know about a crash of rhinoceros, or a descent of woodpeckers?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I really like this part of English. "A superfluity of nuns" and "an unkindness of ravens" are among my favorites :) - Eivind from Android
They left off a bunch of people ones: A lot of parking attendants, a ring of jewelers, a great deal of used car salesmen (etc.). - Stephen Mack
Stephen :) - Eivind from Android
Maitani
"The philosopher John Gray, in his review of my book The Quest for a Moral Compass, claimed that I ‘airbrush, Soviet-style’ all ‘repugnant and troubling elements of rationalism’ that I ‘prefer not to know’ about ‘sleazy side of rationalism’, such as racial science or the history of slavery. It is a strange claim given that the thread that runs through virtually all my work has been the paradoxes of modernity, and the contradictions within rationalism and liberalism. Hence two books of the history of the idea of race and another on the difficulties faced by science in making sense of the human. (My response to the Gray review is here.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The difference between my view of rationalism and modernity and that of John Gray is not that one recognizes the ‘dark side of modernity’ and the other airbrushes it away. It rests, rather, on how we view the roots of the problem. For Gray, and for thinkers like him, the problem lies in human nature. Humans, he argues in his book Straw Dogs, ‘cannot be other than irrational’ but delude... more... - Maitani
Maitani
Successful Secale | The Metropolitan Museum of Art - http://www.metmuseum.org/visit...
Successful Secale | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"In the Middle Ages, the diet of the wealthy, while plentiful, was nutritionally bereft compared to that of the common people. Those with the means feasted on meat seasoned with exotic and costly spices and wheat bread. The lighter and fresher the bread, the higher one's station in life. High-protein, low-gluten rye bread made from rye (Secale cereale) was fit only for the lowest. Rye was considered such humble food that Carthusian monks would take as a penance a hard tort made of the poorest-quality rye to symbolize their station in life as "Christ's beggars" (Henisch, 158); it was considered second rate to wheat and barley. Nonetheless, and despite its inauspicious beginnings, rye went from minor cultivation in the early Middle Ages to a staple food of temperate Europe in the ensuing centuries." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Visitors to the Bonnefont Herb Garden this spring encountered a particularly vigorous strand of rye. Planted last fall as a cover crop, it protected the soil from the leaching of valuable nutrients and compaction. The value of managing soils was appreciated by the medieval agriculturist, who followed careful systems of crop rotations. Typically, cover crops are turned into the soil... more... - Maitani
Maitani
Judith Butler reviews ‘The Death Penalty’ by Jacques Derrida, translated by Peggy Kamuf · LRB 17 July 2014 - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36...
"‘Whence comes this bizarre, bizarre idea,’ Jacques Derrida asks, reading Nietzsche on debt in On the Genealogy of Morals, ‘this ancient, archaic (uralte) idea, this so very deeply rooted, perhaps indestructible idea, of a possible equivalence between injury and pain (Schaden und Schmerz)? Whence comes this strange hypothesis or presumption of an equivalence between two such incommensurable things? What can a wrong and a suffering have in common?’ By way of an answer, he points out that ‘the origin of the legal subject, and notably of penal law, is commercial law; it is the law of commerce, debt, the market, the exchange between things, bodies and monetary signs, with their general equivalent and their surplus value, their interest.’" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Maitani
This Is Not a Vermeer ™ — The Message — Medium - https://medium.com/message...
This Is Not a Vermeer ™ — The Message — Medium
"Can anyone own a masterpiece? In part one in this series about artistic authenticity, five very dissimilar people share a common desire: To own a Vermeer." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Uber for Art Forgeries https://medium.com/message... - Maitani
Maitani
One secret of ancient amber revealed -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
One secret of ancient amber revealed -- ScienceDaily
"The warm beauty of amber was captivating and mysterious enough to inspire myths in ancient times, and even today, some of its secrets remain locked inside the fossilized tree resin. But for the first time, scientists have now solved at least one of its puzzles that had perplexed them for decades." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Maitani
Babel's Dawn: Forget Communication; Study Cognition - http://www.babelsdawn.com/babels_...
"Leonard Talmy is an interesting fellow who has spent the past several decades exploring the way languages express thoughts. Can we have thoughts that we cannot express verbally? Many poets spend their lives trying to express the inexpressible. We know too that there are many ideas which can be expressed mathematically, but not verbally. How about the reverse; are there things we can think in words but not in other ways?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"For instance, language allows us to think it terms of what grammarians call mood. Talmy calls this a topic's "reality status." That's something not included in mathematical expressions. English allows us to distinguish between, "As I am king, I will name an aircraft carrier after you," and, "If I were king, I would name an aircraft carrier after you." Equations, by contrast, are all in a neutral mood, meaning they may or may not assert something true about the world." - Maitani
Maitani
Scenes from the Odyssey in Ancient Art | OUPblog - http://blog.oup.com/2014...
"The Ancient Greeks were incredibly imaginative and innovative in their depictions of scenes from The Odyssey, painted onto vases, kylikes, wine jugs, or mixing bowls. Many of Homer’s epic scenes can be found on these objects such as the encounter between Odysseus and the Cyclops Polyphemus and the battle with the Suitors. It is clear that in the Greek culture, The Odyssey was an influential and eminent story with memorable scenes that have resonated throughout generations of both classical literature enthusiasts and art aficionados and collectors. We present a brief slideshow of images that appear in Barry B. Powell’s new free verse translation of The Odyssey." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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