The Thoughts, Works, and Discoveries of Noah Burney

A Blog is Born

Well I've finally gotten over the word "blog", decided I ought to write one, and have begun this one here.

What to expect:

A healthy mix of original thoughts & creations with other things I find, spanning the things I'm most interested in: user interaction; type design (and graphic design in general); writing systems; foreign languages & linguistics; hip hop; Korea, Iceland, and other foreign lands; the drinking, brewing and roasting of coffee; programming (mostly JavaScript); and the future.

Why I've started it:

Historically, I've never really thought I had that much to say about stuff. Don't know why I thought that, though, given how much I ramble on about stuff in real life. So, I thought it'd be nice to have a record of all that stuff that I think of. Also, I think it'll help me distill half-ideas into complete ideas. And thirdly, I think it'll help me get in the habit of finishing little projects (in this case posts).

New Mind Powers via Language

Speakin' in a different language changes the way you think—it's a well attested phenomenon.

So what if new words or grammar could unlock new cognitive abilities? An Australian Aboriginal tribe, The Guugu Yimithirr, famously have no words for left, right, in front of or behind. They use north, east, west, and south instead. And as a result: they develop an internal compass—always knowing which way is north, even if you blindfold them and spin them around.

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New Mind Powers via Language

Speakin' in a different language changes the way you think—it's a well attested phenomenon.

So what if new words or grammar could unlock new cognitive abilities? An Australian Aboriginal tribe, The Guugu Yimithirr, famously have no words for left, right, in front of or behind. They use north, east, west, and south instead. And as a result: they develop an internal compass—always knowing which way is north, even if you blindfold them and spin them around.

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