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Language

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About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.   Edsger Dijkstra

Edsger Wybe Dijkstra ( Dutch:  11 May 1930 – 6 August 2002) was a Dutch systems scientist, programmer, software engineer, science essayist,[9] and pioneer in computing science.[10] A theoretical physicist by training, he worked as a programmer at the Mathematisch Centrum (Amsterdam) from 1952 to 1962. A university professor for much of his life, Dijkstra held the Schlumberger Centennial Chair in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin from 1984 until his retirement in 1999. He was a professor of mathematics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (1962–1984) and a research fellow at the Burroughs Corporation (1973–1984).

It is fascinating to me that a mathematician could make such a profound statement about language.   Of course once you know he is a mathematician you realize he deals with the very a very exact language, math.  

 

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Change

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Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.   Jane Goodall

 

Dame Jane Morris Goodall, (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall, 3 April 1934),[3] formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist.[4] Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960.[5] She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996.[6][7] In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace. Dr. Goodall is also honorary member of the World Future Council.
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Language

Mark Pagel

Each of you possesses the most powerful, dangerous and subversive trait that natural selection has ever devised. It’s a piece of neural audio technology for rewiring other people’s minds. I’m talking about your language.    Mark Pagel

 

Mark David Pagel FRS (born 5 June 1954 in Seattle, Washington) is a Professor and head of the Evolutionary Biology Group at the University of Reading

His website.  

 

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Slavery

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Now I’ve been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave.   Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c.  January 29, 1822[1] – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends,[2] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry. During the American Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the United States Army. In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the struggle for women’s suffrage.