"Subterraneans" as written by and David Bowie....
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"Subterraneans" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentAs a philosophy grad the first thing this song makes me think of is Chomsky's linguistic theories. Chomsky argued that the human mind has an inborn faculty of language comprehension that recognizes the underlying structure of language, without requiring the content of a given sentence to be, itself, comprehensible. Chomsky's famous example is the sentence "Colourless green ideas sleep furiously." which, syntactically speaking, is a perfectly acceptable sentence, and is recognized by the mind as such - despite it's being nonsense. I've always wondered if Bowie was aware of this theory and cleverly making art out of science.
    terrykbon June 20, 2008   Link

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