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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • This "you can't think the wrong thoughts" target reminds me of the novel Babel-17 by Samuel Delaney which uses the same sort of concept but in a human language that causes the person who thinks in that language to automatically think the right thoughts in a very powerful way.
    • I think the idea is sufficiently old. Umberto Eco details various attempts made during the years in his book The Search for a Perfect Language [amazon.com]. Newspeak in 1984 [amazon.com] has words selectively pruned from it so that dangerous thought becomes difficult or impossible.

      • I think it is strongly related to the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_relativity