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  • The World is Changing as We Speak - get on board!

    '"The way kids speak today, I'm here to tell you." Over the course of history, every aging generation has made that complaint, and it has always turned out to be overblown. That's just as well. If the language really had been deteriorating all this time, we'd all be grunting like bears by now.'

    'Critics always want to make the next generation seem more alien than it actually is, like anthropologists reporting back from a field trip to Youngster Island.'

    Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

  • - Reason is not disembodied, as the tradition has largely held, but arises from the nature of our brains, bodies and bodily experience. This is not just the innocuous and obvious claim that we need a body to reason; rather, it is the striking claim that the very structure of reason itself comes from the details of our embodiment. The same neural and cognitive mechanisms that allow us to perceive and move around also create our conceptual systems and modes of reason. Thus, to understand reason we must understand the details of our visual system, our motor system and the general mechanisms of neural binding. In summary, reason is not, in any way, a transcendent feature of the universe of of disembodied mind. Instead it is shaped crucially by the peculiarities of our human bodies, by the remarkable details of the neural structure of our brains, and by the specifics of our everyday functioning in the world. - Reason is not completely conscious, but mostly unconscious. - Reason is not purely literal, but largely metaphorical and imaginative. - Reason is not dispassionate, but emotionally engaged.

    Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind & its Challenge to Western Thought , Lakoff and Johnson