Writing, Language
  & Thought
      Jason Godesky
   Mensa Annual Gathering
       Pittsburgh, PA
         4 July 2009
A Book has
chapters, made up of
 paragraphs, each with a number of
sentences that contain a number of
words, each formed f...
...all observers are not led by the same
physical evidence to the same picture of
     the universe, unless their linguist...
coyote
n. A member of the species Canis latrans.
talêpês
v. A pattern of movement or behavior.
tree
Oak Tree, Bon Tempe lake
            Franco Folini
Kpelle girl, Kpaiyea, Liberia, 1968
                   John Atherton
Hasan Ahmad
Ed Fella, A Commercial Art Alphabet
                     Karen Horton
I Like Music
Rossina Bossio Bossa
Star Trek:The Next Generation
       Episode #102, “Darmok”
             September 30, 1991
Property of Paramount Studios.
For all music, viewed in this light, is on its
 way to becoming speech, and there is no
 Rubicon beyond which we can say t...
Of course, other beings manifest that
 consciousness in their literature of
   tracks, chirrups, and loon calls.
        S...
To shut ourselves off from these other
  voices ... is to rob our own senses of
 their integrity, and to rob our minds of
...
Questions?
Thank you!
Bibliography
Abram, D. (1997). The spell of the sensuous: Perception and language in a more-than-human world.Vintage.

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In many pre-literate cultures, writing seems to contain the secrets of powerful magic. Maybe it does; Walter Ong's 1982 Orality & Literacy remains one of the primary works on the ways that oral and literate peoples think and perceive the world in fundamentally different ways. In this program, we'll take a look at the rise of literacy, and how it has changed the way we perceive the world.

Presented at the Mensa Annual Gathering, July 4, 2009, 1:30 PM

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  1. 1. Writing, Language & Thought Jason Godesky Mensa Annual Gathering Pittsburgh, PA 4 July 2009
  2. 2. A Book has chapters, made up of paragraphs, each with a number of sentences that contain a number of words, each formed from a series of letters.
  3. 3. ...all observers are not led by the same physical evidence to the same picture of the universe, unless their linguistic backgrounds are similar, or can in some way be calibrated. Benjamin Lee Whorf, 1940
  4. 4. coyote n. A member of the species Canis latrans.
  5. 5. talêpês v. A pattern of movement or behavior.
  6. 6. tree
  7. 7. Oak Tree, Bon Tempe lake Franco Folini
  8. 8. Kpelle girl, Kpaiyea, Liberia, 1968 John Atherton
  9. 9. Hasan Ahmad
  10. 10. Ed Fella, A Commercial Art Alphabet Karen Horton
  11. 11. I Like Music Rossina Bossio Bossa
  12. 12. Star Trek:The Next Generation Episode #102, “Darmok” September 30, 1991 Property of Paramount Studios.
  13. 13. For all music, viewed in this light, is on its way to becoming speech, and there is no Rubicon beyond which we can say that it is unequivocally one thing rather than the other. Tim Ingold, 2000
  14. 14. Of course, other beings manifest that consciousness in their literature of tracks, chirrups, and loon calls. Sheridan & Longboat, 2006
  15. 15. To shut ourselves off from these other voices ... is to rob our own senses of their integrity, and to rob our minds of their coherence. We are human only in contact and conviviality with what is not human. David Abram, 1997
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17. Thank you!
  18. 18. Bibliography Abram, D. (1997). The spell of the sensuous: Perception and language in a more-than-human world.Vintage. Gladwell, M. (2007). None of the above. The New Yorker. December 17, 2007. Goody, J. & Watt, I. (1968). The consequences of literacy. In Goody, J. Literacy in traditional societies (pp. 27-68). Cambridge University Press. Hall, E. (1992). Beyond culture. Peter Smith Publisher. Hoffer, P. (2005). Sensory worlds in early America. The John Hopkins University Press. Ingold, T. (2000). The perception of the environment: Essays in livelihood, dwelling and skill. Routledge. Mann, C. (2005). Founding sachems. New York Times, July 4, 2005. Ong, W. (1988). Orality and literacy:Technologizing the word. Routledge. Sheridan, J. & Longboat, D. (2006). The Haudenosaunee imagination and the ecology of the sacred. Space and Culture, 9:4 pp. 365-381. Scheub, H. (1998). Story. University of Wisconsin Press. Weatherford, J. (1994). Savages and civilization:Who will survive? Crown.
  19. 19. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Generic License. For full license, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

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