In response to a New Yorker article, Will Leben wrote this piece on the importance of metaphor and ambiguity. Way to not beat around the bush, Will!
Archive for the ‘Links’ Category
How badly does English orthography need a facelift? This article describes somebody whose life work is adding a single letter to the alphabet.
Somewhere in the arctic…
Here are a few interesting articles from over the summer:
An article in the New York Times from July discusses evidence supporting Greenberg’s colonization theory.
An interesting take on one state’s response to issues related to global warming. Read it here, in Scientific American.
Referred to us by Lauri Kartunnen is a group of grannies who sing in Udmurt (Votyak), a Finno-Ugric language closer to Hungarian than to Finnish. Here is a bit of their song transliterated and translated, along with a link to the video.
Ektom mi kuazh-kuazh al’i.
We are singing extremely strongly.
We are dancing soulful, so soulful!
We are singing extremely strongly,
Because we are together!
Bas van Fraassen (Princeton) will be coming to talk with the Truth, Objectivity, and Constructivism workshop on Monday at 5:00pm in 160-328. He will be talking about his 2008 book, Scientific Representation. He will introduce the main themes of the book before we open it up for discussion (which will end at 7). Join us for what is anticipated to be a lively interaction!