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Deep understanding but little surface

Have you ever read something that made you tingle to the core (hot or cold) but that conceptually, you still didn’t quite get. This interview with George Lakoff is a couple of months old, but it has given me that feeling of “I know that I get it deep in my bones, but my brain can’t quite keep up” (the first half anyway – not US politics, but language and the impact on us).

I have Women, Fire & Dangerous Things sitting beside my bed. Maybe I should go read it beyond chapter one.

One Response to “Deep understanding but little surface”

  1. Ron Zeno Says:

    It’s all about influence. Lakoff is just saying that if you get someone to use your terminology for discussing an issue, then you can control much of what is discussed and how it is discussed. If you can get people to make the same assumptions as you, make the same distinctions, etc; again you can strongly influence discussions, etc. It’s a way to manipulate and influence thought. Lakoff has little on Orwell’s newspeak and doublethink from “1984″. WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. I’d add a couple other slogans to Orwells to describe current politics: RELIGION IS SCIENCE, DEFEAT IS VICTORY, DECEPTION IS ENLIGHTENMENT. ;)