Monday, February 13, 2017
a character in Zero K
by Don DeLillo
Do our machines (and our abstractions) measure what we become,
or do we become what our machines measure?
"An English speaker who describes a friend as aggressive will be reluctant to describe the same person as kind for that would imply that the friend possessed inconsistent traits. Mandarin speakers do not detect an inconsistency when they say that a person teases her friends but lends them money because they do not use the abstract terms aggressive and kind."
On Being Human: Why Mind Matters