Thinking about Languages

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined … Continue reading Thinking about Languages


Poverty of philosophy

The mind of a man is far from the nature of a clear and equal glass, wherein the beam of things should reflect according to their true incidence: nay, it is rather like a enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture. -- Francis Beacon Prof. Andre Beteille -- whom I owe a great deal of … Continue reading Poverty of philosophy

The curious case of happiness

What good is happiness if it cannot buy you money!                                  – Attributed to Zsa Zsa Gabor In 2008, New Scientists, summarized the results of a survey covering 65 nations to show the largest proportion of happy people lived in, of all places, in Nigeria, followed by Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador and Puerto Rico. Last … Continue reading The curious case of happiness