all the wrong answers are interesting
February 11, 2019 6:49 PM Subscribe
“Eskimos Have Fifty Words for Snow” is an amazing phrase, because every word in it is wrong. Aaron Bady on what he thought would be "a few days’ research and a quick little explainer essay" and turned into half a year of research and an unexpected appreciation. "What’s fascinating to me about actually reading Whorf’s work—after working my way debunkers who gesture at his ignorance as disqualifying—is how simple the point he was trying to make actually was: that ignorance is, itself, a pathway towards new knowledge."