I have things I’m putting off, so it seemed like the perfect time to distract myself further by writing in my blog which I have similarly neglected. I love being in school. That’s not sarcasm. Also, to be fair, I did complete the assignments necessary for tomorrow. Now to the blogging.
So. I want to try some experiments. I need to make a multimedia experimental poetry installation of psycholinguistic stuff. For example: me using my blend of common sense and a small amount of expertise to attempt to break down the etymologies of various words. I am also going to from now on write in this blog as I feel like it, with all my language play intact. I am going to avoid watering things down- not that I’ve really done that so far in this particular outlet.
I’m enjoying the kinds of themes that recur and recur throughout my intellectual life.
SHORTLIST O’ THEMES:
- building on the shoulders of giants/the things we inherit/technology, knowledge, culture
- everything is like everything else/the universe is a fractal of sorts/universal truths recurring/patterns and geometry/¿chaos = order = chaos?
I remember, as a child in school, getting the simple definition of technology as being applied knowledge. This idea really fascinated me and continues to do so. I remember asking my mother why people couldn’t’ve just made computers at the start. I saw a computer as an obvious thing to think up– of course, I was standing on the shoulders of giants without ever having looked down. She explained that complex things develop gradually. Needless to say, this statement of hers continues to apply in most cases.
I have a lot of questions about correlations. It almost makes me want to do math. There are too many things that I want to know how to do and want desperately to do, but I don’t have the patience for at this time.
2 MANY THINGS THAT I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO DO AND WANT DESPERATELY TO DO BUT I DON’T HAVE THE PATIENCE FOR AT THIS TIME:
- Learn statistics reel guud
- Learn how to program for iOS and OS X
THINGS I NEED TO DO BUT DON’T KNOW IF I’LL EVER HAVE THE TIME FOR:
- Learn about philosophy
- Learn the freaking history of the world
- Take voice lessons
- Take more anthropology classes
- Take more psychology classes
- Study in France, too (not just Russia) !
I’ve stopped caring so much about some of the nitpicky details. Sometimes when you’re young and your world goggles are still getting adjusted for basic proportional perception, you confuse the details as being the most important thing instead of the big picture, when in reality, you only do so because it’s what’s in focus, it’s what you understand, it’s what you see clearly. You have only a nebulous idea of the thing that looks, frankly, like an indefinite, looming, shape on the horizon, and all you can make out is the color.
Something I wrote in my notebook today: “This silence, like many other careless or hopeful silences before it, was a pregnant silence.”
I wonder how much meaning you can cram into one utterance. I wonder… what the equivalent of that meaning-packed utterance would be in the form of silence/the absence of an utterance. How would it manifest itself? What would be an example of a situation in which it would manifest itself?
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
- cognitive archaeology
- mental schema