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Philosophy of Dreams$
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Christoph Turcke and Susan Gillespie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300188400

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300188400.001.0001

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(p.154) Chapter Three Words
Philosophy of Dreams

Christoph Türcke

Yale University Press

What is a word? This chapter starts by looking at the importance of giving one's “word”. It moves on to look at words and the place they play in our lives. What did the first words stand for? What did they mean to mankind? What do words mean to infants? Models of perception are much older than the means of speaking. Primitive organisms, when they always react in the same way to changes in light, temperature, or humidity, already demonstrate that they have a well-rehearsed repertoire of modes of perception. Modes of speech, on the contrary, are only a thin layer, or veneer, on top of modes of perception.

Keywords:   words, models of perception, primitive organisms, models of speech, modes of perceptions

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