January 16th, 2008

Apollo 4 on column of fire


Here John King gives us a great example of what I call ‘speech-bursting’: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/greenwaldsalon/118047.html.

By ‘speech-bursting’ I mean a process consisting of:

  • A verbal or other trigger that is ‘symbolic’ to the speech-burster

  • The ‘meaning’ or ‘meanings’ of the trigger to the speech-burster (neural processes)

  • Neuro-endocrine activity; a flood of hormones; etc.

  • The sufferer bursts into speech (oftentimes saying little with many words)

I am sure we all are familiar with our own sufferings. The silver lining to this cloud is that by recognizing our own speech-bursting we can gauge our own progress towards the desirable ‘scientific attitude’, in which speech becomes secondary to observation and is under our personal control (not hair-triggered).