A little learnin’

Way back in late 2012, Glinda and I pooled our resources for a kind of mutual Christmas gift.  We bought a group of DVDs from The Great Courses with the intention of improving our minds.  We watched the series on the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum right away, of course, but then forgot about the others until the other night when we were looking through their new catalog.  There’s a ginormous sale going on right now and we found two courses we’d love to buy, one on how to listen to music, and one on the Hubble.  Whether we get around to buying them is another thing entirely.

But tonight we broke out a second series, The Story of Human Language with John McWhorter, PhD.  It began with an overview of what language is, and continued on to the several ways in which language changes over time.  Not only is Dr. McWhorter a delight to listen to, but the lectures are heartening to me because I’m a great believer in the evolution of language, and not being an old stick about changes.  Below you’ll find a TED talk by Professor McWhorter on Elvish, Dothraki, Klingon, and Na’vi.  He kind of rocks.

We made it through five of thirty-six half hour lectures so we have a lot of learnin’ ahead of us, and I’m enjoying the heck out of it.  I think Glinda is, too.  Once we finish this one, we’ve got one about optimizing brain function.  Maybe we should have done that one first?