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ukj · 2019-12-06 · Original thread
Disclaimer: take everything I say with a pinch of salt and form your own ideas. Philosophy is about the journey, not the destination.

With regards to danger this 5 minute video [1] by Stephen Fry conveys a powerful idea.

I think all of Western Philosophy in the last 120 or so years has concerned itself with the "linguistic turn" [2]. If you follow the breadcrumbs from Wittgenstein, Frege, Russell, Dumett, Chomsky, Quine etc. at a high-level you may begin to observe a common thread, patterns and concepts between Logic and Language which have been crystalized in Programming Language Theory [3].

At the risk of being a little too radical (with some intent of shock value) my view is that Truth is constructed not discovered [4]. This is also an argument Richard Rorty makes in "Contingency, Irony and Solidarity" [5]. Ultimately, language is a tool [6]. The responsible use of any tool (be it language or a gun) is a moral concern and an individual responsibility.

For unpacking the question "What is communication?" there's no better starting point than Shannon's "The Mathematical theory of Communication" [7]

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohrtFuxUzZE

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_turn

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programming_language_theory

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivist_epistemology

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contingency,_Irony,_and_Solida...

[6] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDiENpmpY78&t=1s

[7] https://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Theory-Communication-Cla...

pash · 2014-07-06 · Original thread
Among my favorites is Claude Shannon's model of language as a Markov processes in his seminal paper on information theory [0]. His presentation of ergodicity is also remarkably clear compared to the usual muddle about ensemble and time averages.

(The book version of Shannon's paper [1] is even a bit better.)

0. http://www3.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/vol27-1948/articles/bstj...

1. http://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Theory-Communication-Clau...

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