Pessimistic people like to think that nothing ever changes. It’s not so. Think about how we “chunk” or compress data into conversation. For the first time in recorded history we can speak in references. The closest we got before was allusion and slang, but never reference. Those didn’t happen until we had mass communication. For […]

A God-shaped Hole In The Brain

Anytime I hear someone talk about the glories of humanity, I often find myself smirking, because when this subject comes up, what is most often the center of focus is language and the human capacity for it. It’s so often listed as one of the chief characteristics that divides us from our animal cousins, and […]