The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. –Linus Pauling, chemist, peace activist, author, educator; Nobel Prize in chemistry, Nobel Peace Prize (1901-1994)


Grammar and Global Warming

Hello again, my dear single reader. Single as in solo, not as in Han, but as in being only one reader, not in reference to your social life.

After, or rather in the midst of my second double Americano, I have decided to write about a subject I have been thinking about a long time, but do not have enough concrete examples to fully support and elucidate my hypothesis.

My hypothesis: Bad grammar, specifically subject-verb agreement, leads to weak thinking.

Take the following sentence – The well appointed man wearing many felt hats are going to the haberdashery.

It should be – The well appointed man wearing many felt hats IS going to the haberdashery.

The subject of the sentence is man and he is going to the haberdashery. Granted the hats are also going to the haberdashery as they rest upon his head. The hats, however, are the object of the preposition of and, therefore, not the subject of the sentence. The singular form of the verb “to be” is needed because the single noun and not the plural noun is the subject of the sentence.

The plural form “are” would be used if hats were the subject of the sentence.

The many felt hats on the well appointed man are going to the haberdashery.

More and more I hear and read incorrect subject-verb agreement. People are using the noun that is closest to the verb to determine which form of the verb use. This shows an inability to think complex thoughts. It shows a need for immediacy and the inability to think through more than one step.

How does this connect to global warming, you ask. Take the term global warming. Climate scientists chose this term because on average the temperature around the globe is warming. The global climate is changing and warming. This warming is causing large temperature changes over the whole globe. This is why it is now a lot colder in San Diego than normal. This is why it was a lot warmer in So Cal in November than normal.

Most people assume that because the term has the word “warming” in it, they will only experience warming. They are not able to put do the mental process of global warming- the whole globe/average temperature – temperature swings. They are looking only at the immediate relationship of “warming” to what they are experiencing right now.

This leads me to another hypothesis – Most people in the Tea Party do not use correct grammar.

Moderate Drinkers

Moderate drinkers are healthier, wealthier and more educated, and they get better health care, even though they are more likely to smoke. They are even more likely to have all of their teeth, a marker of well-being.”

Maybe also better looking and loads more charm…

Art = Science

“[Art] is what it is simply because it can break down fetishes and superstitions and is bold in explorations and because it opposes following the beaten path and dares to destroy outmoded conventions and bad customs.”

Hu Yaobang, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.

The first word in his quote is “science”, but art works just as well, if not better. In many repressive regimes throughout history, art is suppressed. As is science.

Galileo, Degenerate Art, Evolution…just to name a few.