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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The State of the World, From a Starving Man

So how was Family Day?

I spent mine working, and learning that 'Family Day' actually means, 'Bring Your Kids to the Bookstore Cause You Don't Feel Like Talking to Them Day'. Good job, McGuinty.

Of course, Gord hated the idea, but Gord's become such a parody at this point he'd probably blame a pair of kittens for driving away the city's industrial base [I Can Has Greenlink?].

The major local news this week are good and bad sides of the same coin: local hockey. The sad news is obviously the sudden and shocking death of Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud. Renaud couldn't be resuscitated after collapsing in his Tecumseh home. He was 19.

The other news involves Kingsville's bid to be officially recognized as Hockeyville by the CBC and score a preseason NHL game, a CBC broadcast and $100K in renovations for their local arena. See their entry vid and vote early and often here. It would make Lady Trail very happy, as she spent her formative years there.

After umm...essentially killing a guy in British Columbia with one, the RCMP is considering changing how tasers can be used. Good of them, isn't it?

Turning points for a pair of foreign leaders today as Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf concedes defeat in his country's elections, giving that country a civilian government for the first time in eight years.

In my heady undergrad days when I had the time and luxury to sit around and talk about these things, I was fascinated by relationship between thought and language, and which comes first, so to speak. I actually started a lively and heated debate on an early message board in '97 hypothesizing how a feral boy who never heard human language of any sort would think. Would he develop his own language and think in that? Most people in the board disagreed, arguing that images were all that was necessary for human thought. If said feral boy knew what a tree looked like, he could think of a tree without knowing what it was called. As for his inner monologue, no one really had an answer for that.

So imagine my pleasure when cognitive research suggests some thoughts do require a form of language. Take that, 1997 internet!

Stories like this make me so much more excited to spend a week there next month.

More later!

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