Re: teleology and language

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    > >Counterpoint to your specific examples: just try to prove Fermat's last
    > >theorem by using Greek mathematics. :)

    > Try using ancient Greek to tell someone how to build a 747 or a computer.
    > Try using it to discuss genetics or modern cosmology. How about a lecture
    > on quantum mechanics? Walt Whitman's language was suitable for his time
    > culture. You couldn't restrict yourself to it and do much of anything in
    > any field but literature today.

    Good point, but even modern English has its own limits.
    When I studied physics I learned that English, or any other spoken language
    for that matter,
    in rather ill-suited to use in describing quantum mechanical dynamics.
    The reason being that English is based on a classical
    interpretation of the world.


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