November 2, 2008: Universality

At the very end of The Language Instinct — which is one long, plausible argument that we are born hardwired for grammar — Pinker talks about a study that indicates there might also be a universal structure for human society. Basically, according to this study, there are elements all human societies have in common. This is an intriguing idea that I need to explore further, as someone who is building societies in her creative life.


I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. I got R. L. LaFevers’ latest Theodosia Throckmorton book, Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris the other night as an early birthday present. The next day, my copy of Patricia McKillip’s The Bell at Sealey Head arrived from And I have 27 unread library books.

So it’s not like I have a shortage of options. Instead, I’m playing out a recent discovery: the more choices one has, the harder it is to make a choice.


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