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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Artists generally start the process of creation, like poets, which we all can be consider as, and that will create the inexistent word when the needed time comes.

When she explains how metaphors affect experiences, It looks like they affect them just like common phrases or simple words also do.

Maybe they are illusions of every kind that our senses and perception make us believe, not just optical ones.

It makes sense that the gender that is assigned to something in a language alters its perception, cause I would think that the connections in our brains will be altered by all the implications of the concept of feminine or masculine has.

The concept about something between life and death, might be targeted with fuzzy logic.


I've noticed for years that when any one mentions the Whorf hypothesis that 'habitual' gets changed to 'possible' for some people.

I can think of three writers of fantasy who made death feminine.

Fritz Lieber
Neil Gaiman
Peter S. Beagle


I believe that the example from "Pormpuraaw, a small Aboriginal community in Australia" (Boroditsky) is a very interesting one in that there is a real and easily observable difference between them. She claims that when English speaking people tend to think about time lineerly (as in Turkish) those people think about time as being cardinal-direction. They have an absolute reference frame while the English has a relative one. (Borodisky) yet, I believe that the question remains. Is it that the aboriginal community came to have a language that is cardinal-directional all of a sudden or because of their needs for spatial and absolute terms for survival. That is, did their needs helped them to create such language while the English speaking communities didn't need to have such language? Or that the language they turned out to have have such features that shape their idea? Maybe, it is just that their needs for better survival in their environments made it necessary to have a language wirh cardinal directions, So it is not the language that shape their perspective, but their needs are what shapes the language they have.

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