It might help us all to acknowledge it

We animals who call ourselves “humans” are not a lot more intelligent than many other living beings. We are just better able to communicate with each other and coordinate our activities more effectively, at our human time scale, than most other animals…

Sure. That can be appealing, but what is possible isn’t always what is likely

(Sometimes I write about things that seem too obvious to need saying, but many people’s behavior indicates otherwise. This essay is one of those.)

Our human imagination is a wonderful ability. It’s what accounts for our creativity as a species, and it provides us with a great deal of entertainment…

The evocative power of words can be at least as significant as “truth” or even “meaning”

Here’s my version of a joke I heard recently. It’s a very modern twist on an old genre:

A priest, a minister, and a rabbit walk into a bar.
The bartender asks, “What can I get you?”
The priest says, “A glass of wine.”
The minister says, “A cup of coffee.”
And the rabbit…

Jim Mason

Studies language, cognition, and humans as social animals. Also does wordworking and sells no-cost insurance for lucky accidents.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store