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Confusion in Babylon

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That title does NOT work in English, but that’s appropriate, given this post’s nature.

Found this gem about(?) Intelligent design via the long fingers of the Bruck:

The opponents of Wrathful Dispersion maintain that it is really just Babelism, rechristened so that it might fly under the radar of those who insist that religion has no place in the state-funded classroom. Babelism … held that the whole array of modern languages was created by God at a single stroke… Wrathful Dispersion is couched in more cautiously neutral language; rather than tying linguistic diversity to a specific biblical event, it merely argues that the differences among modern languages are too perverse to have arisen spontaneously, and must therefore be the work of some wrathful (and powerful) disperser who deliberately set out to accomplish a confusion of tongues.

All the rest is equally brilliant. Go with the reading, I’ve been with the linking.

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Written by Erez

Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12:35

Posted in Linguistics, Religion

Politicus

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Found myself at a radical mind today. Maybe it’s all the dealing I had to do with GNU/Linux in light of the new installment, or perhaps just an overall feeling. I’ve been reading this ZNet interview with Richard M. Stallman regarding software freedom. Several interesting ideas there. For instance the following segment:

RMS: When I webcast a speech, I have to ask which format it is going to be webcast in. I am not going to go along with a webcast of my speech about freedom that you have to give up your freedom in order to hear or watch. Once I put my coat over a camera before giving my speech, when I learned it was webcasting in RealPlayer format.

JP: Gandhi, in his “Hind Swaraj’, which was originally a series of newspaper articles, asked himself and answered a similar question. He was talking about how India had to get rid not only of British control, but of all of the bad attributes of “western civilization’. He asked himself: “How can one argue against western civilization using a printing press and writing in English’? His answer was that sometimes you have to use poison to kill poison.

RMS: But knowing English doesn’t subjugate — you didn’t have to give up any freedom in India to know English. (…)

JP: When you say there was no better language than English, are you suggesting that it becomes an ethical issue when there is an alternative, but not before?

RMS: It becomes an ethical issue when there is a restriction. The use of English might be good or bad for India, but knowing it doesn’t take away your freedom. (…)

By contrast, to put RealPlayer on your computer, you actually have to give up some of your freedom.

While on the subject, I recommend trying the Political Compass. You’ll be surprised to know what exactly are your opinions, and where do you stand compared to others.

Written by Erez

Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 20:28

Just a minor irritation

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Since when did “loose” became synonym with “lose”?

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Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 14:12

Posted in Linguistics