By Neil Postman

In Building a Bridge to the 18th Century, acclaimed cultural critic Neil Postman deals a healing for the hysteria and hazy values of the postmodern world.

Postman exhibits us how one can reclaim that stability among brain and laptop in a blinding get together of the accomplishments of the Enlightenment-from Jefferson's consultant democracy to Locke's deductive reasoning to Rousseau's call for that the care and edification of youngsters be thought of an funding in our collective destiny. right here, too, is the daring statement that fact is invulnerable to model or the passing of time. Provocative and brilliantly argued, Building a Bridge to the 18th Century illuminates a navigable direction during the details Age-a byway whose signposts, it seems, have been there all alongside.

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A. Huxley, “Education at the Nonverbal Level,” Daedalus, Spring 1962 “Every language is a unique means of taking a look at the realm and examining event. … One sees and hears what the grammatical process of one’s language has made one delicate to, has proficient one to seem for in adventure. This bias is insidious simply because everyone seems to be so subconscious of his local language as a procedure. ” —C. Kluckhohn, reflect for guy “Einstein mentioned that the assertion ‘Two occasions a long way aside ensue concurrently’ can't be used to derive any observable truth. right here was once the impetus to a brand new philosophy whose leader preoccupation has been with the that means of language. considering that all wisdom has to be set forth in language, it's the which means we provide to language which confers upon wisdom its weight and ambiguity. … what's curious is the truth that we glance so seldom on the phenomenon of language, whose function on this planet of affairs has no parallel. ” —W. S. Beck, M. D. , glossy technological know-how and the character of lifestyles “We dissect nature alongside strains laid down via our local language. the types and kinds that we isolate from the realm of phenomena we don't locate there simply because they stare each observer within the face; to the contrary, the realm is gifted in a kaleidoscopic flux of impressions which should be equipped by way of our minds—and this suggests mostly via the linguistic process in our minds. We reduce nature up, arrange it into recommendations, and ascribe importance as we do principally simply because we're events to an contract to prepare it during this way—an contract that holds all through our speech group and is codified within the styles of our language. ” —B. L. Whorf, Language, concept, and fact, ed. via J. B. Carroll “The employee within the laboratory doesn't only document and expound through assistance from analogy; that's how he thinks, additionally. The atom was a difficult little around particle, or later one with hooks on it. lately it was once a sunlight process. The classical dispute of physics in regards to the nature of sunshine was once fairly asking, Is gentle like a bath of pebbles, or like ripples in a tub? the final word solution, either, was once one who was once challenging to just accept. Why? since it equipped into no preexisting conceptions; waves are waves, and pebbles are pebbles—there is not anything in universal event that has the homes of either. ” —D. O. Hebb, The association of habit “If a conceptual contrast is to be made … the equipment for making it should convey itself in language. If a contrast can't be made in language it can't be made conceptually. ” —N. R. Hanson, styles of Discovery “When the brain is considering, it truly is chatting with itself. ” —Plato “Language, as such, is man’s basic car for pondering. Brains imagine with phrases. it's not mere verbal play to claim that we won't imagine with no conversing, or converse with no considering. so much males undergo acute psychological pain till the urge to specific an concept, to outline, to cause, to interpret has been formulated in phrases or in formulae, diagrams, equations or different symbolic units which contain phrases.

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