Archive for the ‘Language and thought’ Category

Everyday logic

July 15, 2012

A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal linked to by David Craig and Dan Everett on Facebook:

This could have been framed as a valid inference — but it isn’t here.



December 4, 2011

Reading Daniel Kahneman‘s Thinking, Fast and Slow (which I recommend), I was especially taken by Kahneman’s glimpses of his longtime collaboration with Amos Tversky. The book is dedicated to the memory of Tversky, who died in 1996, cruelly early, before he could share the Nobel Prize in Economics that Kahneman was awarded in 2002. (The brief bio of Kahneman in the book says, carefully, that he received the prize “for his pioneering work with Amos Tversky on decision making”.)


Night’s voices

July 30, 2010

From David Malki’s Wondermark (thanks to Bruce Webster), another entry for the Thoughts Without Words collection:

It’s all your own fault. The dark morning before the sun, indeed.

Maybe I’m unusually sensitive. My husband-equivalent Jacques went through a long period where he heard voices (and saw things, too) — sometimes voices saying comprehensible dreadful things, like that they were going to kill Elizabeth, but often just producing a buzz of undifferentiated menace. He was terrified, and so was I.

I realized at the time that the mechanisms that give rise to auditory and visual hallucinations are a topic of considerable scientific interest. But, still, the descent of night was not a happy time.