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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 036 (Nov 1, 2020) — How Language Affects Thinking, Free Will, A Theory of Knowledge, & More
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2. TED Talk I’m Watching
📺 How Language Shapes the Way we Think — Lera Boroditsky
(14 mins | YouTube)
Lera Boroditsky is a cognitive scientist and professor in the fields of language and cognition. There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies, and structures that shape the way we think and view reality.
“The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is. Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.” — Lera Boroditsky
3. Speech I’m Pondering
🎧 Free Will Thought Experiment — Sam Harris
(7 mins | YouTube)
Short (yet deep) thought experiment on one of life’s biggest questions. Do we have free will? Are you free to choose something that doesn’t occur to you to choose?
“You as the conscious witness of your inner life are not making these decisions. You can only witness these decisions.” — Sam Harris
4. Website I’m Exploring
Dr. Gregg Henriques has been working on elements of his Unified Theory of Knowledge (UTOK) for the past 20+ years. It’s been great to see him get more exposure as a guest on many podcasts lately. This dedicated website offers a great introduction to his theories.
“By offering such a clear map of the universe and our place in it, UTOK can play a key role in guiding us in the steps we need to take to emerge on the other side of the Age of Confusion. That is, it can help bring in a second Enlightenment and move toward an Age of Clarity in the decades to come.” — Gregg Henriques
5. Quote I’m Contemplating
One person feels quite secure with practically no money in the bank, another feels insecure even though he has millions. It isn’t the amount of money but their programming that makes the difference.— Anthony de Mello
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