Eastern philosophy with its strong association and foundations in Dharmic Religions is anchored deeply in the belief of karma. As per the philosophy of karma when someone is born he or she enters the world already with a unique set of karmic impressions. The inbuilt karmic impressions predispose the individual with a unique genetic blue print to acquire or reinforce certain behavioral traits in preference to other traits. How is that when kids are sent to a dance school or a tennis learning classes some kids pick tennis faster while other kids show more proclivity for dance? The preference kids show for acquiring specific skill sets has definitely to do with their inherent predisposition for acquiring the skill set they show a natural flair for pointing to the fact the sponge like mind or a slate like mind has in built programs to strongly orient us or give us a unique genetic blue print to show more propensity for acquiring a specific skill set even after being exposed to the entire range out there.
Looking at the other side and arguing in the favor of environment in the development of the behavioral or personality traits of a child and giving no credence to karmic impressions, genetic blue print or nature’s role in personality development in tune with the nature vs the nurture debate, John Locke an English Philosopher was in the fore front in introducing the concept of tabula rasa which puts forth the idea that individuals are born with a mind almost similar to a clean blank state and argues strongly for the role of environment in the attainment of knowledge. Continue reading Karmic View Vs Tabula Rasa And Nature Vs Nurture. Is Human Mind A Preprogrammed Blank Slate Or Just A Clean Blank Slate?
Do French and English people think alike? May be or May be not. Does an English Man perceive an emotion like Love differently from another English Man who also speaks French? Are you a better person if you are able to communicate in different languages? Is it not amazing that both a French speaking kid and an English speaking kid would point to the color RED when asked to identify the color in French and English and how it points to the universal fact that all languages are just a means to express the human thought and emotions? As kids we learn to express and associate words with what we see in our surroundings. It’s a point well taken a kid living near a beach would learn the word FISH before a kid who lies far up in the plains. I am not trying to shoot all over the place but I am trying to correlate the role of the surroundings and language on how we perceive the world.
Accepting the premise that all languages express the same human thoughts and surroundings it would be interesting to feed all the words from a translational dictionary between any two languages chosen at random into a number crunching computing machine and come up only with a very few words which don’t have the equivalent in the other language or vice versa. In essence all the languages in the world accomplish the same task of conveying human emotion and human thoughts and inherently putting cold water on the hypothesis that a specific language does a better job in influencing our thought process in comparison to others. The questions I have explored are food for thought and debate for the linguistics all over the world. Linguistics have come up with fancy words like Linguistic Relativity and Linguistic Determinism to ascertain the role of language in the thought process. Continue reading Why Red Is Still Red And Not Blue In French. Linguistic Relativity and Linguistic Determinism. Language and God Does He Really Care?