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by Nicholas T
Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 9739

Re: Shakespeare Thread

The thing to remember about Shylock is that there is plenty to go on from the text itself to read him sympathetically, even if it is through our modern eyes. "Hath not a Jew eyes?" is a speech of real substance, and Shylock is derided not because of his position as a usurer but because of ...
by Nicholas T
Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: M.I.T., Role-Playing, Pultizer Prize, and the Fantastic Four
Replies: 4
Views: 1080

Re: M.I.T., Role-Playing, Pultizer Prize, and the Fantastic Four

Well, the most explicit Fantastic Four reference comes in one of the two epigraphs that open the book (the other one being a Derek Walcott poem): Of what import are brief, nameless lives... to Galactus?? I read Oscar Wao a little over a year ago and was completely blown away. (I wrote a review of it...
by Nicholas T
Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?
Replies: 41
Views: 7871

Re: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?

Try writing a parser or compiler for a natural language and you'll see what I mean. But isn't this merely a complexity issue? Natural language syntax is just so complex that we haven't yet figured it out completely. The specific aspect of complexity that causes difficulties for systematizing a way ...
by Nicholas T
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?
Replies: 41
Views: 7871

Re: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?

I should also say that the objections to applying Gödel's theorem formally don't make incompleteness any less valuable as an analogy. It most certainly is valuable as a critique of any essentialist taxonomy where we classify things into sets according to shared attributes.
by Nicholas T
Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?
Replies: 41
Views: 7871

Re: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?

The problem I see with applying Gödel's theorem here is that natural language (along with subproblems like genre classifications) is constantly in flux, not as a consequence of its own internal evolutionary rules but in as a result of its interactions with other languages and cultural systems extern...
by Nicholas T
Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151810

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Re: LOTR - I think it's a testament to the Jackson films that a similar chart for the Tolkien novel wouldn't be all that different. In fact, looking at the films on this level make them seem like an incredibly faithful adaptation. In the novel you wouldn't have the blip where Arwen intersects with F...
by Nicholas T
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0492: "Scrabble"
Replies: 171
Views: 49227

Re: "Scrabble" Discussion

Speaking as a longtime lurker and mid-level tournament player: LICTORS (making HIC) is not only the highest-scoring play at 71 points, but also the most strategically sound. It's not just the points that matter - it's also the board position, and how many volatile openings you leave for your opponen...

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