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The Limits of My World

23 Oct 2012, 16:28 UTC
The Limits of My World
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You've heard it said, "The limits of my language are the limits of my world". It's one of the famous quotes from the only book ever published by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

I'd like to share a bit of my personal experience on this matter as I curate content about exoplanets via social media tools such as twitter and google plus.

In the last few years of the ongoing discoveries of new exoplanets, I have indeed felt the limit of language in my attempt to describe the new ideas that is brought by the awareness of new worlds. I have often felt that our existing language(s) are not sufficient to support the new changes that will occur in our ways of thinking.

I speak a couple of languages (plus a dialect distinct enough to be considered as a unique language itself) and I can tell how, without the proper words to describe any new concept, the mind is severely limited to effectively grasp, describe, or share new ideas.

As I tracked the breath-taking pace of exoplanet discoveries, new ideas flow, and new avenues of thought are being birthed--about other planets, and on the topics of life elsewhere, on interstellar ...

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