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from “On Self-Referential Sentences” by Douglas Hofstadter, originally in Scientific American (January 1981), reprinted in Metamagical Themas (1985) via crystilogic (Source: http://amzn.to/Ka9370)

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Doug Hofstadter is an inveterate observer of his own mind. His wonderful satirical essay on sexist language builds on a multi-year compilation of sexist words: every time he heard a word that privileges males (like “chairman”, “clergyman”, “foreman”, “manpower”) he’d write … Continue reading

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Chen […] thinks that if your language has clear grammatical future tense marking […], then you and your fellow native speakers have a dramatically increased likelihood of exhibiting high rates of obesity, smoking, drinking, debt, and poor pension provision. And … Continue reading

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Average Wages by US County, 1Q2011

When people pontificate about national politics, I find the dialogue too generalistic. “Technology X will create green jobs”. “Wall Street is making more than Main Street.” “The United States needs to invest more money in high tech. Routine production is … Continue reading

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Benjamin Motz –

Aymara-speakers conceive of time as flowing away from them [1], whereas we Anglophones think of ourselves as moving forward through time. They say “way back in the future” and gesture behind themselves when talking about what’s to come. It’s logical because … Continue reading

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