I’ve finally picked the first book I’m truly excited to read after the Wheel of Time series–and it’s about as different from epic fantasy as I could get. A series of essays on language and cognition. Pretty random, but I studied language and how it shapes our perception in one of my favorite college courses and I’ve been anxious to pick the topic back up. And as a special bonus, I’ve also got a non-Wheel of Time book review for later this week!

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This week’s teaser:

“The platypus has, in short, a most original structure, perfectly designed for the purpose to which it is intentioned. But probebly Gould could not have given this ‘teleological’ reading of the platypus, if Kant had not suggested to us that ‘an organized product of nature is one in which all end and, reciprocally, means too’ (CJ §66) and that the products of nature manifest themselves (unlike machines, moved internally by a mere driving force bewegende Kraft) as organisms moved internally by a bildende Kraft, a capacity, a formative force.”

~Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition by Umberto Eco, page 98

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