Parse & Parser

The word ‘paragon’ entered the cultural consciousness in the 16th Century. par·a·gon ˈperəˌɡän/ noun noun: paragon; plural noun: paragons a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality. “it would have taken a paragon of virtue not to feel viciously jealous” a person or thing viewed as a model of excellence. “your cook is a […]

Word Introduction

Here is citation info for my sources. We can try to work on our words, but the words work on us too, largely without our awareness. So, here are some words that intrigue me: these are words I want to let ‘work on me.’

A Quote to Find the Rabbit Hole

“Zeno’s arguments, in some form, have afforded grounds for almost all theories of space and time and infinity which have been constructed from his time to our own.” Recalled via Boyer, Carl B. The History of the Calculus and its Conceptual Development. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1959. Previously published under the title, The Concepts of […]

Mediating Anthropology’s Feuding Factions

The radical cultural relativism popular in contemporary anthropological thought presupposes that cultures are incommensurable* with one another.  On one level, this is true, on a higher level, it is a truism–they are still both ‘cultures.’  Cultures, as considered here, is a fundamental psychological mechanism that is included in the homo sapiens adaptive package.   This […]