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New word!

Postby smcj » Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:31 pm

The word of the day on my dictionary app is:

tabula rasa
noun
1. The mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty (sic!) state before receiving outside impressions.
2. Something existing in its original pristine state.

Thought it might be of use around here. :tongue:
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Re: New word!

Postby Osho » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:39 pm

I'd wager there are more of us 'palimpsests' than tabulas rasas.
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Re: New word!

Postby ReasonAndRhyme » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:06 am

I hate to disappoint you, but the expression tabula rasa is about 2500 years "young". :smile:
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Re: New word!

Postby Wayfarer » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:16 am

It was a key term in John Locke's empiricism - the mind is a tabula rasa, a blank slate, onto which ideas are inscribed by experience. It is a treasured dogma of empiricism, which I also think is completely mistaken, on account of there being inherent faculties in the human mind, such as the ability to enquire language (pace Noam Chomsky et al.)
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Re: New word!

Postby smcj » Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:52 am

Gee whiz guys. I thought I'd found something really obscure. Oh well, that's what I get for dropping out of college.

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Re: New word!

Postby kirtu » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:42 pm

It's an SAT word and as noted widely invoked in academic discourse.

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