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What do you feel when you think about the word coffee? Love it or hate it, you have feelings for coffee that inform how you think about it. It turns out that these feelings can also help us understand how the brain represents words.
Language is an important aspect of human cognition. We could even say that human cognition is defined by language. But what makes language such an effective cognitive utility? The answer could be words and the multipurpose ways in which we use them. As the foundation of language, words are also foundational elements of cognition. The […]
What if words are to meaning as talking is to listening and cognition is to spirituality? The concept of communication is most closely associated with language and speaking. However, there are other and arguably more important aspects of communication which involve attention and listening. These aspects of communication are the basis of what could be […]
I felt like I was digging up ancient treasure. Word archaeology. I began to see an analogy between words and computer icons. The way you can click on something and it opens up a whole world you couldn’t have imagined before you clicked. — Susan Carpenter Sims REFERENCE Found in Translation | On Being
Scratch the simplest expressions, and you will find the metaphor. Written words are handage, inkage, and paperage; it is only by metaphor, or substitution and transposition of ideas, that we can call them language. — Samuel Butler REFERENCE Essays on Life, Art, and Science | Samuel Butler RELATED Words on Words: Quotations about Language and […]
| What happens when we dress a word up in different fonts? | Why does it feel like a word has a different personality or character based on the way it looks? Is it really possible that the variations in lines and curves which differentiate fonts can cause the same word to invoke different emotions, […]