Posts Tagged ‘language’

Texas shooting: Social media new linguistics.

May 4, 2015

It’s 10 AM, I got up and turned on CNN and Wolf  was saying, “The police is analysing the 2 dead gunmen emails.” I laughed because I know 100% that most police officer don’t even know what “philology” is. How can anyone in America analyse the emails of terrorists if they never studied language in a new way? As a college psychology professor for 27 years I can tell you that most freshman students don’t even know that thinking is not a behavior! What is inciting to riot? Can cursing someone be incitement to riot if people lynch you for that? What’s worse to say, “You are stupid,” or to say “go to hell?” Some young people will punch you in the face for just staring at them too long. Is that incitement or they are just were angry and immature? Can you cause incitement without a behavior?

Time for Social Media to really be analysed!  SM is a source of information that can made a smart community college president somewhere in American initiate developing a new 2 year associate degree called “The psychological meaning of words.” Technical analysis of language is the only way to know scientifically if you incited to riot or not, planned to kill or not, fool around with words or was serious about your intention or motivation to harm (2 totally different meanings). Yes, we are talking about stuff from the 22nd century, but why not? Don’t everyone wants to be smarter, not just stupid psychologists? Bet you if Obama took such in a community college course the country would have less violent! He doesn’t understand that the way he uses words create a lot of false expectations in America.



How does a behavioral psychologist think?

January 17, 2013

All my professional life I was a professor of developmental psychology. I retired in 1998, four years before Dr. Daniel Kahneman, another professor of psychology, got his Nobel Price in – Economics – in 2002. I will speak at the University of Valencia this month on his research on the behavior of the economic man: Is he as rational as society believes? Behavioral Economics was born the moment empirical evidence replaced rationality in the decision-making about money. Hey, young dude, join me on the edge of discovery? Today is only 10 years since the new profession began and people associated with the Symposium (and here in Canada) are already thinking of Behavioral Politics, Behavioral Medicine, etc. as the next step in the evolution of solutions and human success. I want to thank Hippocrates for asking the question 2500 years ago: Should Medicine be rational or empirical. I also want to thank Plato and Aristotle 2400 years ago for asking the question: Should language be rational-logical or natural-empirical?


The beauty of adding behavioral in front of any name of a discipline is that solutions become clear. For example, for years as a psychologist I struggled with the issue, “Does man kills or do guns kill?” On the day I became a behavioral thinker the answer became clear. Man kills, not guns. As a behavioral psychologist I know very clearly that the problem is not a billion gun in every home, its behavior. American society needs to look at how it raises its kids! What behaviors are rewarded and what behaviors are punished by parents, schools, etc.

I just came from the mall. I saw a mother screaming at her daughter, “Don’t shout at me,” she screamed. You know something, dude, Buddha once said that the word perfect means awareness, not  the absence of errors. Now I understand what he meant. Hey dude, have a better day!

Understand language and be free.

January 18, 2010

Twenty four hundred years ago Plato and Aristotle argued language. Aristotle said that language means the use of words in a community to convey the community’s culture. Plato said that language is the soul of humanity that expresses itself in successive layers of love.

You are free to the extent that you know the difference. If you are happy to feel the way you feel the rest of your life, you probably use words the way Plato did. If you don’t want to feel that way the rest of your life, you  probably use words the way Aristotle did. If you have the courage to test  yourself, define love. I’ll respond to the first ten.