I'm an English teacher and I'm interested in linguistics, litterature, poetry, philosophy, logic, language, human intelligence, theories, sciences, gnoseology and epistemology. I'm also interested in physics, astrophysics and the history of sciences.
Does "hard" science means truth? There have been so many brilliant minds who were wrong. Aristotle said "I like Plato, but I prefer truth". That's fine, but he thought that the Earth was at the center of the universe, just like Plato, his old friend and master, and like Ptolemy, who was far from being plain stupid. At that time the truth was that the sun turned in circle around the Earth, and that the universe was a
I graduated in linguistics at Sorbonne University in Paris. I wrote academic essays about deictics, pronouns and proforms. Think about the use of THIS / THAT and IT in "This is true", That's true" and "It's true", or "This is it!", "That's it!", "That's that!" and "So be it!", or "He did this / did that / did it / did so", or "He's this tall / that tall / so tall". Is this it? Is that so?
Can we say that IT is just an empty prop in "What time is it?" or "It's raining". Isn't IT always empty anyway? Think of the diffuse and ambiguous meaning of IT in Stephen King's novel whose title is IT. You can write quite a few hundred pages about IT!
I also wrote a theory about prepositions and phrasal verbs (IN / OUT / ON / OFF). For instance, what's the connection between "Put it ON / OFF the table" and "Turn ON / OFF the light"? Well, it's a matter of contact and breaking or rupture of contact. An object ON the table is necessarilly in contact with the table, and if you turn the light ON there's electrical contact. Right on!
From concrete contact (on the table) you get to abstract contact. If a mecanic works on a car it doesn't mean that he climbed onto its hood or its top: it means that the car is the logical / abstract sypport or base of the action. Same thing if you work ON you PHD thesis, on which you can work "on and off".
From the notion of contact you easily move on to (onto?) the notion of contiunity. Shall we go on? Well, if you think about a continuous line, you may say that every point or part of that line is in contact with one another. There is therefore a natural logical connection between the notion of contact and that of continuity. Think about phrases such as "an so on...", "on and on", or "on and off". From the rupture of contact you have the rupture of continuity (OFF).
How do we think? How do we understand? How do we learn? How do we communicate? What is the nature of human intelligence? How does it work? What is language? Intelligence? Aren't they the two sides of the same coin?
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