Tag: language

Why Should We Choose Our Language Carefully?

Language is a tool for imparting ideas and desires to one another. A living language like English has so many twists and turns in with many words not only being polysemous but also being used in a metaphorically descriptive way rather than relating to any normative use. If you were to tell me the traffic was crazy today, I wouldn’t think for a moment you had been giving it a psychological evaluation. Even if you told me your child was......

The English Language Barrier

You often hear it said that England and America are two countries separated by a common language. Whilst this is tongue in cheek, it holds some truth to it. A prime example is how in America “chips” refers to what Brits would call “crisps” and what Brits would call “chips” Americans would call “fries”. We have “fries” over here too, it’s just that the “french fry” is a specific kind of chip. A sub-category if you will. Using language is......

Why Agnostic and not Agnostist?

On my walk today, I was considering a number of conversations I’ve had recently with folks arguing for default states and atheist rocks and some of the things I’ve said in response. IST and ISM One of the key points I brought up is an IST is a follower of an ISM, which is why we can’t be born an IST. It’s also another why describing atheism purely by the absence of a psychological state doesn’t really work for an......

Etymology vs Use/Definition: Atheism

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. The etymology of a word is not exactly the same as the use or definition. Consider how a direct translation of a phrase from French to English might not always make sense, but we would translate it into a form of English that did make sense. The same can be said for the etymology of a word. They quite often......

Prescriptivism and Normativity – SciPhi 001 [Video]

A new show from Dave and Joe (TolleyDave and Davidian) launched for testing. The SciPhi broadcast hopes to bring you lots of quick snappy chats about a variety of topics. The intention is to discuss philosophical concepts or current science of import either whilst having a mix or playing a game. You can find us and our live stream on twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/davidiantwitchyballs/v/715350023?sr=a (please subscribe) You can join our discord: https://discord.gg/cZ7nPqV And you can find us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uu6gb1BNZvg Please note,......

Beliefs, Language, and Logic

Introduction Logic is an important part of rationality. After all, acting rationally is acting in accordance with reason and according to the rules of logic, among other things. Which means that understanding the rules of logic are important if one wants to claim rationality for oneself.  There is more to logic than simply the rules though.  As William Hodges says in his book Logic, logic is also about consistency with regards to our beliefs.  Another important part of logic is......