today we’ll talk about language, with a discussion of meaning and how we assign and understand meaning. we’ll cover sense and reference, beetles in boxes, and language games.
have you ever talked with a friend about a problem, only to realize that he just doesn’t seem to grasp why the issue is so important to you? have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion?
now we’re talking about how language works and how powerful it can be. sometimes, that power can be harmful. today, Hank explains the use/mention distinction, the difference between dirty words and hate speech, as well as thick concepts and metaphorical identification.