Friday, February 17, 2012
Language Allows Hypothetical Thoughts
I found the concept on language and how it allows hypothetical thought in Chapter 4 really interesting. The author describes how language allows us to "contemplate things that have no real existence" (p. 101). For some reason, the first thing that popped in my head when I read this was how I always think about ghosts. Although I have never seen one for myself, there are many ghost stories that I have heard and I have also had friends that tell me about their experiences with ghosts and how they can see them from time to time. It is especially annoying late at night when I am at my apartment alone, and lie in bed, but cannot seem to get my mind off the hypothetical existence of ghosts. Despite that I have not had any personal encounters with ghosts in my present situation and have not even had anything eerie and supernatural happen, the idea of ghosts continue to frighten me.