Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Zen Buddhism and language acquisition

Sean Carroll in From Eternity to Here writes:
Zen Buddhism teaches the concept of "beginner's mind": a state in which one is free of all preconceptions, ready to apprehend the world on its own terms.
 With all of the beliefs, myths and 'common sense' that surround how one should go about learning another language, there's an urgent need to examine those ideas (especially given that they do not lead to impressive results).

The intuitions people have may well be counter (as in 'counter-intuitive'). 

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