Category Archives: Language

The Emotional Dissonance of Paradox Regained

I just returned from a visit to Chicago, which was my home for 25 years, the longest span I have lived in one place. I moved out of Chicago a year ago, so going back there to visit friends resulted … Continue reading

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Deconstructing the Metaphoric Basis of Language, Or, Making Visible One of the Infrastructures of its Invisible Architecture

  Using the methods of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson in Metaphors We Live By, I’m doing the following analysis to expose the metaphors that might slip through the unconscious as we read something as basic as the opinion page … Continue reading

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From Language 2.0 to Language ∞

We’re immersed in language like fish in water. I often use that analogy to describe how blind we are to the linguistic world in which we swim, how its structure enables our being in the way that the ocean enables … Continue reading

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Language as an Invisible Architecture

First, let’s look at visible architecture and the effect it has on us.  Imagine walking into each of the buildings in the pictures above. What felt sense do you have? What kind of “world” is created inside of each building? … Continue reading

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Shifting the Very Nature of Relationship

The post that started with the Arjuna Ardagh quote could have gone off in another direction.  What Ardagh and Watts both propose is essentially a radical shift in the nature of relationship. They are proposing that there is no “other.” … Continue reading

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My Debt and Gratitude to Barbara Marx Hubbard

There is a deliberate similarity between the title of this blog, Consciously Evolving Language, and Barbara Marx Hubbard’s book Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential. Einstein said that he stood on the shoulders of giants. I do … Continue reading

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Goodbye to “It”

All somethings are someones.  –David Spangler That quote hit me in a way that the usual psychospiritual talk doesn’t. It forced me to face up to the assumptions I have about the nature of life itself (and what is alive … Continue reading

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Introducing Mobius (strips) and Klein (bottles)

Two visual structures that I use a lot are the Möbius strip and the Klein bottle because they embody a paradox. Specifically, they have only one side although it seems to be two sides.  That concept is very important for … Continue reading

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My Questions for Paul Frommer, Creator of the Na’vi Language in Avatar

Na’vi, the language of the Pandorans in the movie Avatar, perhaps can help us look at our own languages and find ways to express the kinds of interconnectedness we saw on Pandora. Continue reading

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How Do We Speak from Wholeness?

Did you choose to believe that you’re a separate being from everybody else? No, that was so firmly established both by your experience of yourself as a young child and by how others treated you, then reinforced by language that separates I from You, that you just take it for granted that we’re all separate. If we’re not separate, how do cast aside the language crutch that keeps us thinking and talking as if we are separate? How do we speak from wholeness–both individual wholeness and wholeness of the Universe? Continue reading

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