Date: Tue, 8 Nov 1994 10:18:19 -0800 From: Dan Alford Subject: Re: Birrell Walsh I blush. But for those of you who do not know who Birrell Walsh is, he is the closest in this day & age to a true Renaissance Man that I've found. Master of many trades, jack o' none. I often invite him to talk to my classes -- talk did I say? I meant mezmerize -- regarding his thought experiment which considers Whorf's linguistic relativity principle in terms of different computer programming languages, showing how what is easy to do in one language is exceedingly difficult to do in another. It's a world-class performance. Of course he writes (wrote) a regular computer column for Microtimes, and works in PBS television programming for a local station; and his philosophy and religion knowledge is impeccable. Nice guy, too! Birrell was one of the (auditing) students who made the "Language & Consciousness" class so effective and memorable! -- Moonhawk (%->) <"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and> <-- John Lennon>