tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Blog

< April 2009 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
    1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

What is the name of this?

My son is a really good talker now. He is very inquisitive about everything. The most common question he asks all the time is "What is the name of this?" Sometimes he asks for the name of an animal, sometimes for some sort of vehicle, sometimes for an object that we just see or use. But sometimes he'd also ask for something we don't usually attach a name to.

One day we were walking on the street, he pointed to the ground and asked me "what is the name of this?" So I answered "pavement". Sometimes I used a new vocabulary like "hauling" and he'd ask what is the name of "hauling"? Then I explained to him what hauling means. Sometimes he'd ask "what is the name of green?" And I just answer green is green.

People might find him cute for asking this sort of naive questions. I think he is just curious and want to learn about everything. Somehow I have an epiphany; perhaps this is a lesson in epistemology for me, to know a thing is to be able to name it. He is just practicing the saying.

2009.04.24 [] - comments

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

Italy government crisis: PM Conte quits amid coalition row (20 Aug 2019)

 

El Salvador woman cleared over baby's death says 'justice was done' (20 Aug 2019)

 

Kashmir: Pakistan to seek International Court of Justice ruling (20 Aug 2019)

 

Inside Kashmir: 'They shot me' (20 Aug 2019)

 

Nasa confirms ocean moon mission (20 Aug 2019)

 

Sudan conflict: Army and civilians form sovereign council (20 Aug 2019)

 

Trump considers new tax cut to boost US economy (20 Aug 2019)

 

Robert De Niro's ex-aide sued for misusing funds and 'TV bingeing' (20 Aug 2019)

 

Khan Sheikhoun: Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years (20 Aug 2019)

 

James Bond film title revealed as No Time To Die (20 Aug 2019)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Ship traffic, August 21 (20 Aug 2019)

 

The rise of the virtual restaurant (19 Aug 2019)

 

To power AI, Bay Area startup creates a giant computer chip (19 Aug 2019)

 

Shareholder value is no longer everything, top CEOs say (19 Aug 2019)

 

74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021 (19 Aug 2019)

 

Ship traffic, August 20 (19 Aug 2019)

more »


Site feed Updated: 2019-Aug-20 15:00