Linguistics – Not a new thing

Linguistics is the study of language, including its elements, character, structure and modifications. Much has been said in academic circles about structural and poststructural approaches but serious thinking about language goes back to ancient times. In pre-Christian Greece, several old school philosophers discussed issues arising around logos (speech, account, reason, definition, rational faculty, proportion) and… Read More Linguistics – Not a new thing

John Locke – Antiquated and Modern

John Locke (1632-1704) was a British thinker and physician who had a profound influence on Western philosophy, particularly within so-called British Empiricism and the Enlightenment. Locke believed the human infant enters the world with a tabula rasa—that is, a blank slate. For Locke, we inherit nothing more than physical characteristics and a basic sense of… Read More John Locke – Antiquated and Modern

Would you stand up to an oppressive regime or would you conform? Here’s the science | + Opinion

Opinion – This article is from The Conversation. I’d just like to make the preliminary remark that although a pretty good piece, it has flaws. Ironically, some see scientism – like the kind promoted here – as a kind of oppressive regime. Instead of saying “research has shown” the author would have done better to… Read More Would you stand up to an oppressive regime or would you conform? Here’s the science | + Opinion

Trying out FBReader (Android app at Google Play) – And a few more notes on The Count of Monte Cristo

My eyes are hurting again. I’ve been testing out some new e-readers and staring at my tablet — not just reading but fiddling with all the settings and customizations. After a few days of getting into e-reading, I began to want a reader where I could insert my own background image behind the text. FB… Read More Trying out FBReader (Android app at Google Play) – And a few more notes on The Count of Monte Cristo

Political in/correctness in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)

Over the long weekend, I’ve become reacquainted with the art of reading classic adventure tales. I enjoy historical TV series but some productions rewrite history just a bit too much for my liking. I’m not talking about plot embellishments but rather blatant socio-historical fabrications inserted in the hope of creating a progressive, feelgood story. Just… Read More Political in/correctness in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)