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  • Our Understanding Of Language
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    Critical Thinking and Language Essay During our 20-year marriage, my wife and I have been fortunate enough to vacation three times in Hawaii. The island of Maui is our favorite. The island of Maui holds a special place in my heart, because of the one-on-one time I was able to spend with my wife. We enjoy the breathtaking scenery and the tranquil sunsets. The highlight of our trips has been the helicopter rides. The helicopter is the only way to see some of the islands awesome waterfalls and othe...
  • Erosion Of Complexity In Language
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    Few Americans can understand the elaborate and superlative language of the Constitution or Declaration of Independence. This results from a lack in English education in all academic tiers. Dropping English composition from the requirements for Associate degrees would further decimate the form and lexicon of our verbal and written language by removing a critical exposure to language development. An erosion of complexity in language would result, affecting every level of existence. A diluted langu...
  • My Trip To Germany Friends
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    Many people are affected by cultural differences, but if one tries to break the barriers, the attempt is usually received with open arms and graciously. I remember when preparing for my trip to Germany friends asked why I chose Germany. I responded with "why not?" Then I was confronted with reasoning like "look what happened in World War II, you do not know their language", and my favorite, "all there are is Nazi people over there". I looked at them for a second then replied with something to th...
  • Concepts Of Language And Thought
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    Language came after Thought In order to be able to prove the statement 'Language came after thought', the words 'language' and 'thought' first will have to be defined. Language could be described as a system for formulating and communicating information, thoughts and feelings. There is, however, not one adequate definition of thinking, since most definitions do not cover all aspects of thought. It could be defined as a mental activity, but also as the way one's mind perceives one's senses. Havin...
  • My Own Experience Of Pain Transcends Knowledge
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    To What Extent Does the Nature of Language Illuminate Our Understanding of the Relation Between Knowledge of Ourselves and Knowledge of Others? More than any other thing, the use of language sets humankind apart from the remainder of the animal kingdom. There is some debate as to where the actual boundary between language and communication should be drawn, however there seems to be no debate as to the nature of Language, which is to communicate, using abstract symbols, the workings of one mind t...
  • Control Of Language By The Hypothetical States
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    In the Dystopian fiction of Huxley and Orwell, language is a central function in their critique of utopias: societies formed in subservience to ideology. As ideas have been seen to usurp reality, then language is seen to overcome thought. Thus Dystopian fiction also articulates a very contemporary fear (which developed into Postmodernism) that language, although the very core structure of perception, is in the last analysis without absolute foundation. Once language is manipulated, then reality ...
  • Expansion Of Language Through Writing
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    When you find that you are the majority, it is time to reform. George Orwell, Wayne C. Booth, William Golding, and Lewis Thomas are all authors that aspire to improve the English language. Each author, in their own way, stresses the importance in the written use, format, and grade of the written and spoken word. Orwell emphasizes the significance of clarity in writing and speaking. Booth indicates that a lack of enthusiasm and disinterest in the subject can have a mundane effect on the reader. E...
  • Space As Fractal
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    In his book Chaos: Making a New Science, James Gleick examines the birth and foundations of chaos theory and fractal geometry. As expressed by Gleick, chaos theory is defined by a close examination of randomness and a method of identifying patterns in phenomena that behave in a manner that is by definition random. For example, one wonders whether there must be some sort of a regular pattern in things such as economics or the weather, both of which move and change within certain limits. In his bo...
  • Language Needs Thought
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    To what extent do thinking and language develop separately The interrelation between thinking and language can be considered in three possible ways. Firstly, language determines thinking. Secondly, thinking determines linguistic developement. Finally, thinking and language begin independently but eventually interact to determine intellectual and social development. Before examining these propositions it would seem necessary to define the main concepts. Many 'everyday' concepts become very comple...
  • Use Of Language As A Controlling Tool
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    IB Theory of Knowledge TOK Essay: Language as the Ultimate Tool of Control In spoken or written language, words are used to express thoughts. Words provide humans with an effective way of transferring and communicating thoughts. But can thoughts exist without words? If there are no words to convey thoughts, do thoughts really exist? Can language be used to manipulate other disciplines? After a careful analysis it becomes clear that thoughts can not exist without language, making language the ult...

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