Marshal McLuhan once posited that all man-made inventions or technologies were but extensions of the human body. For example, the shovel is an extension of our hands and feet whereby it allow us to more forcefully dig up earth, or the automobile as as extension of our feet as it allows us…
A reader snapped a photograph of the sign at the The Albion Beatnik bookstore in Oxford.
After ten hours, the sign has been viewed nearly 9,000 times online as digital readers share their love of bookstores. Here’s more about the Albion Beatnik at For Book’s Sake (be sure to read the entire review):
Opening some time around midday and usually closing after midnight, this is a place where you can sit in dilapidated red buttonback sofas and choose the poet mug you want to drink your (very strong, very good) coffee out of (I’m always Sylvia Plath. Fortunately there are two Plath mugs so I rarely have to resort to actually wrestling the other clientele or settling for Seamus Heaney) … It’s a place where zinesters meet to pillage material for handmades, politics students tap out theses whilst stopping to explain Bukowski or canvas customers on a point of Marxist theory, and poetry groups (the Backroom Poets, Oxford Improvisers, Oxford University Poetry Society and many both more and less official) meet to plot whatever it is poetry groups meet and plot about.
Posted by Jason Boog on May 10, 2013.
»then« by anatol knotek
»usually a book is just a copy - but not this one. every poem is individually written with my typewriter, so each single page is unique. out of about 50 poems i chose 16 for each book, therefore also the contents varies and is never the same.«
Darkness transmuted is light of the Light. This, my children, your purpose in being; transmutation of darkness to light.
MAY 7, 2013 // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS
Mother, bark and spit are just three of 23 words that researchers believe date back 15,000 years, making them the oldest known words.
The words, highlighted in a new PNAS paper, all come from seven language families of Europe and Asia. It’s believed that they were part of a linguistic super-family that evolved from a common ancestral language.
What this means is that if an Ice Age person from 15,000 years ago could hear you speak today, he or she could probably understand you, so long as you used these handful of words.
Here they are:
thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, worm
You can tell that fire was a big deal back in the day. “Worm” comes as a surprise.
Mark Pagel of the University of Reading’s School of Biological Sciences led the research. He and his colleagues began with 200 words that linguists agree are common among all European and Asian languages. They then determined which sounded similar and had comparable meanings across the different languages.
Next, Pagel and his team determined the roots of those words, resulting in the list of 23.
“Our results suggest a remarkable fidelity in the transmission of some words and give theoretical justification to the search for features of language that might be preserved across wide spans of time and geography,” Pagel and his team wrote.
Previously, researchers suspected that most words couldn’t survive for more than 9,000 years. The estimated shelf life is due to replacement words and turnover in languages themselves, since entire languages can go extinct over time.
The timeless nature of the 23 words instead reveals their importance to us over millennia. Things like technology may forever change, leading to new words in our vocabulary. But fire ashes, spitting, old mothers, worms and more clearly are constants for us.
aka 99% of Fox News programming.
EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET SHOULD HAVE THIS AT THE READY.
this should be a mandatory class in highschools
“Literary or scientific, liberal or specialist, all our education is predominantly verbal and therefore fails to accomplish what it is supposed to do… it turns out students of the natural sciences who are completely unaware of Nature as the primary fact of experience, and it inflicts upon the world students of the humanities who know nothing of humanity, their own or anyone else’s…
In a world where education has become primarily verbal, highly educated people find it difficult to pay attention to anything other than words and notions.”