posted on Nov, 23 2018 @ 07:23 AM
originally posted by: and14263
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: ignorant_ape
"Words are mouth noises drawn on paper."
"Mouth noises are brain drawings fallen from the head"
I used to work with kids who had reading comprehension problems. They were kids who took things too literally. So when they read that a tomato plant
grew 8' above the ground, they might have a picture in their head of a tomato plant hovering 8' in the air over the ground instead of just growing 8'
tall like most of us get.
Part of the opening discussion we would have with these kids is that language is symbolic. Each word makes a picture in our head. If I say "chair", we
should all get a certain piece of furniture in our heads and they should all be roughly the same piece of furniture, BUT the chair I see may vary
greatly from the one you see. Mine might be a straight-backed kitchen chair while yours might be an over-stuffed easy chair, even though both are
basically chairs and perform the same functions more or less and for the purposes of communicating will let us both stay on the same page.
The problem comes in when the ideas/pictures different groups get for certain important terms like "racism" or "justice" diverge so far from each
other that we can't even talk about the same thing. That's what's going on in today's society, at least in the US. We have two cultural sides that
can't even talk about the same things because we mean very different things when we talk about some very important concepts.
It has very little to do with learning definitions because those definitions are different on purpose.