Daily Archives: November 7, 2019

How did the First Language Begin? The Mystery of the Pirahã…

Date: November 07, 2019

01) How did the First Language Begin? The Mystery of the Pirahã

0:00 – Location affects how languages sound?
1:26 – Language is complex and difficult, even for babies. Does that mean it must be prewired? Or could we have invented it?
3:10 – If language “evolved,” what were the steps it took? [Enter indexes]
4:01 – Icons
5:07 – Symbols
7:31 – What about grammar? | Language is a gestalt: importance of culture, gestures, intonation…
10:11 – The recursion controversy. What is recursion? Why is it a big deal that Pirahã lacks it?
11:32 – Is the lack of recursion an example supporting the idea that languages are an evolved invention?
15:00 – “immediacy of experience” principle
16:09 – What if you lacked numbers?
17:00 – “So the point is…”

Big thanks to Daniel Everett (no relation) for speaking with me over Skype and answering several follow up questions I had about the Pirahã, their language and the ideas presented in his books.


Boyan Slat unveils The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor…


Date: November 07, 2019

01) Boyan Slat unveils The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

“On October 26 2019, Boyan Slat presented the plan to address the main source of ocean plastic: rivers. We aim to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025.






The Real Meaning of Life…

Date: November 07, 2019

01) The Real Meaning of Life

“A quick look into the real meaning of life: why nothing really matters. Of course, we have a purpose to fulfill. What is it? That purpose is up to you. In the end, it doesn’t even matter.”

I think if there even is any take away from “the meaning of life”…it is that we should live our lives well…and we can only do this, by coming to terms with our circumstances.

Meaning in life is vastly limited, in the broader scope…

…It means a great deal to us on a private level and in our sphere of influence…but little to nothing, virtually every place else.

There are as many different “meanings”, as there are cognitively aware lives.