Monday, August 23, 2010

Language and Psychology

Great new podcast up by the people at Radio Lab over language experiments and the ability to process the outside world. I don't have much to add, in relation to the talk. But I do find Jill Bolte Taylor's discussion about the new experiences she felt when language was taken away from her by a stroke, a very interesting experiment that seems to show support for the hypothesis that some psychoanalysts have on language. The notion that language imposes an arbitrary divide between the subject and an object, causing the subject to never experience the object as an entity in itself, instead attempting to impose a hierarchical relation to it. Though, at the same time, it's hardly an objective experimental design, what is to say that her emotions were not also created by the strokes impact on the brain itself? Nevertheless, great podcast, I would recommend it to all.

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