[ExI] aside: xenophobia

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Thu Oct 29 06:26:35 UTC 2015

On 2015-10-29 02:48, spike wrote:
> Oy, we sat here and did nothing as the English language became screwed up
> beyond recognition.

You are not that old.

English got odd a long time ago. I blame the Romans, but there were 
likely language invasions before that. Lots of incompatible languages 
merged by people with no clue about grammar.

Still, Poul Anderson showed how it might have looked if it had at least 
kept to being a Germanic language:

> Some of the higher samesteads are *splitly*. That is, when a
> neitherbit strikes the kernel of one, as for a showdeal
> ymirstuff-235, it bursts into lesser kernels and free
> neitherbits; the latter can then split more ymirstuff-235. When
> this happens, weight shifts into work. It is not much of the
> whole, but nevertheless it is awesome.

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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