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If as you say there is less time for thought, then there is simply less thinking being done.
Pardon my frankness, but this is arrogant nonsense. This may apply to an extent in spoken commuication, as if you hear a new word you can simply ask what it means. If you're reading and you encounter a novel word, then "the way you know if you're using a word correctly is by observing if you have been understood or not" is irrelevant. If I'm reading and I don't understand a term, I look it up. Usually in a dictionary.If you define words differently from other people, lets say "competition" and "cooperation" as examples, and simply expect people to understand and adopt your definition, then you're not a good communicator, and do not display "superior language skills". In fact, by not using accepted definitions of words (such as those definitions you find in a dictionary), you occlude meaning and create confusion.
People with autism are not a homogeneous group and their experiences of this world are individual. There is most certainly not an underlying common symptom such as "low awareness".
such as a person I've encountered who kept going on about his bowel when he thought it meant bladder. He got a lot of funny looks from people,
meaning of a technical term .
Well, I'm still waiting to hear your superior definitions.
When I read, and come across a word I do not know, I usually ignore it.
If only going by usage in population, one word that is getting a thrashing, is infer, which seems to be used by half the population, as imply. At times, you have to ask if they mean imply. Both are very useful, in their own sense and I do wonder what word these people use when infer would be used.I think syndrome lost in the opposite way, being read by many people, without the classics education that medical men had in past centuries, used by journalists with an English major background, picked up from tv/radio usage, with everyone taking the word for granted, no one using it in public broadcasting, ever checking, early on, whilst epitome, etc still hold out, syndrome has lost the classics history pronunciation, in the huge popularity it has had, in the last 70ish years. That ship is long gone, docked in Fiji, in party mode.
I suspect he's realised that he's been casting his pearls before swine here and moved to a high-level philosophy forum where he'll fit in much better.
Oh what's the use?!!! I don't know why I bother.
human minds are degrading and are losing the sophistication to handle metaphor.
Some examples of similes:Two people can be “as like as two peas in a pod”. This means that they look very similar.
When someone is embarrassed, they sometimes say that they “blushed like a beetroot”. This simile refers to colour: the red flush of embarrassment one might get if one has, say, committed a social faux pas.
Some examples of metaphors:The first line of a Derek Mahon poem, A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford: Even now there are places where a thought might grow.
A crucial distinction between simile and metaphor is that one can draw inferences from a metaphor whereas one cannot with a simile.
I have not yet found a dictionary or encyclopaedia – either on the internet or in a book – that explains the term metaphor correctly (and which does not confuse it with simile).
Looking elsewhere to find out about metaphors may also draw a blank. Poetry, for example, uses lots metaphors. Poets ought to be able to use them oughtn’t they? Generally, no. I recently read a poetry book for English teachers, written by a published poet. The book contained lots of ideas for lessons about teaching poetry to children, including the identification and use of metaphor. None of the examples given in the book used metaphors correctly. In fact, they were all similes, not metaphors.
Metaphors are also used in advertising – supposedly. I heard an advertiser discuss an advert he had made to sell a car. In it he used the image of a black panther. The advertiser referred to this image as a “metaphor” for the car. In fact, it was not.
In discussions with people about this subject, when I ask them what the difference between a metaphor and a simile is, I get two answers. First: a metaphor is the same as a simile. Second: a simile means “is like”; a metaphor means “is”. Both of these are wrong.
In the first instance, the loss of metaphor impoverishes language (and this loss is but one of many examples I could enumerate which contribute to this impoverishment). Its loss is symptomatic of the reduction of language to “machine level” i.e. that which can be “understood” or processed by computers. (I even have to change my accent to sound more like standard English in order to be recognised by one of those computers at the other end of the phone. I have to speak r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y too. Speaking in sentences is out of the question. So too is the use of words with more than 2 syllables. Metaphors? Not in a million years!) If our language is being reduced to that of machines, then it points to a degradation of the human mind.
Secondly, a metaphor is a vital tool for thinking (as is a simile). If you can no longer identify and use metaphors, then you have lost another tool. To use a gardening analogy, the loss of linguistic tools would be the thinking/psychological equivalent of trying to look after your garden – mow the lawn, weed the borders, trim the hedge, prune the shrubs etc - using only a spade.
Also, to use metaphor requires understanding of the concept encapsulated by it. If you can’t use metaphor, then you have lost that understanding. In addition, metaphors are a tool by which we reduce concepts or ideas to “a nutshell”. One aspect of being able to use metaphor is the ability to pick out significant detail from the mass of insignificant detail – and this is something the writers of those dictionaries and encyclopaedias I mentioned earlier are clearly unable to do.
So, the simple truth of the matter is that you need to be able to use metaphor unless, that is, you are willing to suffer the consequences. As you loose thinking tools, you become unable to think effectively.
If you can’t think, you descend into the nightmarish world of inarticulacy e.g. of anger and frustration at not being able to express your thoughts, as well as all sorts of other related psychological problems. I mean, what if your doctor can’t think? Your children’s teacher can’t think? The politicians who run the country and make decisions on your behalf? Don’t you think there will be serious consequences for you if they can’t think?
Language is full of metaphor so if you can identify and understand the metaphors, they tell you all sorts of things about how your mind and how the world works.
One might suppose that since our language is rich in metaphor that people understood more in the past: they created the metaphors like “food for thought” because they understood more about how the mind works.
If you consider dreams important, and I contend that dreams are very important, then you need to be able to use metaphors.
Consider also Ancient Egyptian art which represents certain gods with animal heads – this, I contend, was metaphor.
If you do not understand it as metaphor then it seems trivial, like a child’s game. But if you understand it as metaphor, then it is highly meaningful and is telling you a whole lot about the Ancient Egyptian mind and beliefs and so on. So, if you don’t understand metaphor, you will completely misinterpret ancient history.
People also interpret myths routinely today, but if they don’t understand the significance of metaphor, don’t understand metaphor, then they don’t understand significance of the interpretations. In fact, they will give them a non-metaphorical interpretation.