One Language

"And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech."--Genesis 11:1, KJV Language divides, but also connects. It divides us from one another, from linguistic community to community. For instance, one person who understands Greek typically understands another person who speaks Greek, but to the English speaker, Greek sounds like gibberish. Language also …

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Variations on the Theme

"Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the well-known air through innumerable variations." - Ralph Waldo Emerson I heard Halvorsen's adaptation of Handel's Passacaglia for violin and viola at the North Georgia Chamber Music Festival last evening and the viola at a certain point introduces a four measure …

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The Mind of the Student

Yesterday's post on mating mosquitos got me thinking about the learning process. I've often thought that learning was akin to sex in that the acquisition of knowledge occurs through a rhythmic interplay of the student and the unknown. There is, borrowing from the mating habits of mosquitos, a harmonic convergence where the mind of the …

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The last one in is a rotten egg!

Luca Turin is a fascinating biophysicist specialized in the science of olfaction.  Turin has proposed a revolutionary alternative to the theory about smell that is generally held to be true.  The commercial fragrance industry as well as the academic centers that study the sense of smell largely adhere to the "shape theory of olfaction," which states basically that different smells are …

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