"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tomes of Forgotten Lore

"Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world."
 It seems as if the academic field of linguistics has long ago forgotten what philology was. Wilhelm von Humboldt described the social parameters of the development of language far more convincingly in "The Heterogeneity of Language and its Influence on the Intellectual Development of Mankind" some 174 years ago!

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