Yet More Hammers

18 Jan

 

 

We discussed claw hammers, roofing hammers, and ball pein hammers.

 

Each of these at some point is used to pound a nail at some point. But not all hammers are. Club hammers and sledge hammers are specifically for smashing things to bits. Rocks, bricks, etc. Although club hammers are very useful for tapping on chisels so as to carve out wood or stone.

 

A joiner’s mallet is considered a hammer although it is normally made of wood and is used tap wooden joints together without damaging the wood of the joints.

 

Then there are rubber mallets. We are all familiar with them.

 

Is a pattern emerging here?

 

At the Extreme Surface Structure™ level a hammer is a hammer. In order to have a logical discussion of a hammer you must define your particular hammer.

 

Linguistics, as other sciences, have been heavily influenced by Logical Thinking, and this, unfortunately, has done more to inhibit science than to advance it. As such Linguistic discussion fall into either Surface structure or Deep structure. Further being limited by logic Linguists discuss words, and words alone.

 

In the reality of the mind, the Extreme Surface Structure™ is a top-level where everything is distinct and separate. This, like all other features of humanity is a survival tool and not to be considered a lesser form of thought. It is just as useful as Deep Structured thought. This gives us the ability to recognize our hammer. Either it is my hammer or it is not my hammer. Either I can use it for the purpose I need it for, or I can’t.

 

While Linguistics divides structures into two, surface and deep, a more useful way of thinking of is of levels, more like a staircase leading downwards.

 

This is where we leave the world of words and enter the world of pictures and maps. Basically the connections between things. That is what a map is. It shows relationships.

 

So we go down a level.

 

At this level we recognize that all these hammers with all their different functions, made with all their different materials, are all hammers.

 

At this level  a hammer becomes not an object, but a concept.

 

Things with handles that have heads on the ends are hammers.

 

Once we have the concept the question becomes what can we do with it?

 

Lets explore that in the next blog.

 

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