TBR: Complete Nonsense by M. Chapman


“When a person makes a statement that you don’t understand there are at least two possibilities:

1. You don’t comprehend the statement.
2. The statement is nonsense.

The question you have to ask yourself is ‘how do I tell the difference?’.

We seem to live in a world of nonsense whether highly technical jargon sounding like nonsense, verbiage like jargon used in business where plain speaking would be preferable and New Age ideas like Spirit Science that combines quantum mechanical terms and spirituality resulting in amusing bunk.

Language leaves you confused and uncertain when it should communicate truth with clarity to facilitate practical decision making.

Is this world of nonsense like insanity? In fact a psychological phenomena called word salad (inspiring the title of this work), sometimes demonstrated by people suffering from Schizophrenia, is composed of sentences that are grammatically correct but semantically meaningless. In the modern world it may feel like you are listening to word salad but, are the speakers doing this deliberately or they just don’t know they’re talking nonsense?

‘A contemplation of the lettuce verbiage ensemble’ is an experimental form of literature. If you watch Science Fiction you may have heard something that occasionally resembles it as Scotty or La Forge of the Starship Enterprise spouts sciencey sounding nonsense as part of a plot device. Perhaps you have been in a meeting or management seminar and wondered if your IQ had dropped since college since the lecturer appears to be talking complete bollocks. Or a political speech by a notable politician may get a standing ovation at conference but leaves you cold and left out as though there’s some social clique secret you’re not privy to.

So, I invite you to bloat your consciousness with a stream of nonsense. “

This book looks crazy. I like crazy. But I made a B in linguistics so it’s also scary.

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