"I remember having a discussion about this with someone once.
I hadn't actually ever been told why the moon is synchronized with the earths rotation, but I took a best guess at it and I was spot on. It's not hard to comprehend why the moon…"
"Oops. I didn't see that you included a video clip (I've been reading and replying to the emails, ignoring the forum post). Yeah, funny that the movie came out nearly at the same time that Genie was rescued."
"Yes, Genie is a sad case. I was thinking more about isolation without traumatization, if that's at all possible.
If feral upbringing is a topic of interest then Victor of Aveyron might be worth your…"
"I guess sometimes our sense of time fluctuates, especially when time flies as we have fun, or drags when we aren't. So maybe being without a sense of time would feel something like those two extremes?
It might be a neat…"
"Yeah. Amnesia isn't really a loss of a sense of time. All I can see when trying to imagine being without a sense of time is that everything would happen all at once. All our birthdays would be happening at the same time. We would be eating,…"
"Ooh, here's another funky one: sense of self. I actually remember hearing in psych class about a guy who didn't half a sense of self in terms of physical boundaries, and he thought his wife was a hat rack or something like…"
"Yeah. Time is a big one. It harks mortality. That's a big deal for the living :)
The nearest thing I can think of in regards to a deficit of a sense of time is amnesia. There are some fascinating cases of amnesia out there. One famous…"
"Yeah, it's kind of funny that she didn't notice that in the way she framed her question. I mean, I would bet she's a brilliant person, but did she not realize that she might be leading with her question? Then again, maybe she…"
"The Finns have a possessive ase that Estonians don't - neat. Do you see other evidence that this might influence their outlook on life?
For instance, are they more inclined to be territorial? Do you notice more fences surrounding Finnish…"
"Hello Ms. Boroditsky,In your article, "How Does Our Language Shape The Way We Think?" you talk about how your students never mention language as a faculty they would least like to lose (the sense of sight is their most frequent reply). I…"
I tend not to communicate back and forth very long with friends by comment or message. Mostly I find participation in a group more satisfying. Although discussions peter out too, each one is like a thread of conversation in a room. The interaction (virtual conversation) moves from one discussion to another, over time, and there's continuity... especially among core members who post often and get to know each other. Think about it. In meatspace we don't spend all evening dwelling on one topic of converstation, we jump around.
Yes, Andrew, I see that petering out of conversations between friends a lot here. That's one reason I started Hang with Friends about 5 days ago. About 80% of members start out and stall quickly, everybody isolated more of less. A group for socializing has been sorely needed, with ongoing conversations and a feeling of community.
Greetings, Andrew! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since Dec. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
Thanks for the add, Andrew. If I recall correctly, you and I have chatted before in some of the threads, but it was quite some time ago. Thanks for adding the discussion to Linguaphiles. I'll check it out now.