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An NYT op-ed columnist writes: Isn't anybody embarrassed over twice citing this example? As you may remember and I remember, but Frank Bruni and his editors apparently don't remember, two people have since been arrested for these bomb threats: a
From the annals of the Sapir-Whorf effect ... Libertarian writer Cathy Young, a sort of Ayn Rand Lite, is getting some mileage in the Daily Beast out of accusing Ann Coulter of anti-Semitism due to guilt by association: Amusingly, Cathy preceded this with a blogpost last month about how horrible it is that anybody could... Read More
Affirmative action in college admissions based on race/ethnicity has been common since the end of the 1960s. It rather quickly was discovered to benefit primarily blacks and Latinos from above average homes. So, slowly, the rationalization for affirmative action was rewritten by the Supreme Court from original assertions of fairness, anti-discrimination, and reparations for slavery... Read More
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump arguing over whether George W. Bush failed to stop 9/11, it's worth going to the videotape (47:28) of the second Presidential debate of 2000. On 10/11/2000, the Texas governor denounced heightened scrutiny of Arab airline passengers by airport security. Bush said on national TV: Note that when the future President... Read More
Above is from the front page of the Washington Post. When I was in the market research business back in the last century, the word "demographics" was understood to have a multidimensional meaning. It referred to things like sex, race, religion, age, education level, marital status, income, language, own or rent, and so forth, almost... Read More
Let's review the NYT's top headlines of the moment: You know, only 3 governments -- Germany, Sweden, and Austria -- of the 28 in the European Union are enthusiastic about Ms. Merkel's unilateral putsch against Europe's indigenous people. So Jean-Claude Juncker is calling for the great majority of European governments to surrender to the German... Read More
From the NYT: Why is this referred to as outsourcing jobs when it's clearly insourcing workers? Or is "insourcing" another one of those words that doesn't exist for Sapir-Whorf who-whom reasons? Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost. “I just couldn’t... Read More
These days, transgenderism is celebrated as the essence of health and sanity, while transracialism is considered creepy and not to be discussed in polite society. This is not necessarily true in other countries. For example, Neymar, the top Brazilian soccer star, looks these days like a vaguely ethnic Orange County skate punk. But only a... Read More
Our culture keeps ruling words racist so fast that even the poor black mayoress of Baltimore can't keep up. From the NYT: You always hear about how the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis has been exploded, but people sure act like the vocabulary version of that, as most memorably outlined in the appendix of 1984, is true.
As I've been pointing out for awhile, the weak version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis -- that our vocabularies influence how hard or easy it is for us to recognize patterns of reality -- offers an insight into a lot of recent feminist brouhahas, especially in Silicon Valley. Worldlier cultures than ours recognized that great concentrations... Read More
Earlier this week, I wrote in Taki's: Today, the NYT emits a thumbsucker on the Meaning of It All: The Transition of Bruce Jenner: A Shock to Some, Visible to All By SARAH LYALL and JACOB BERNSTEIN FEB. 6, 2015 Bruce Jenner has been an Olympic superstar, the hunk on the Wheaties box, a Playgirl... Read More
Washington & Lee is a private college in Virginia that Robert E. Lee headed for the last years of his life. Although Sabrina Rubin Erdely was viscerally repulsed by the conservatism, broken glass, and overwhelming blondness she sensed lurking at the University of Virginia, I suspect that if Sabrina had visited Washington & Lee she... Read More
In a review of John McWhorter's book The Language Hoax, which denounces the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Oliver Kamm writes in The Times of London: Put like that, the idea that language determines thought seems absurd. Why do people believe it? There is an understandable motivation. Peoples are diverse. Whorf analysed what were once popularly and falsely... Read More
From the Wikipedia bio of a short-lived contributor to a long-running debate over whether a particular glass is part full or part empty: Throughout his life Whorf was a chemical engineer by profession, but as a young man he took up an interest in linguistics. At first this interest drew him to the study of... Read More
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