Re: Awesomesauce Esperanto problem
Reply #8 –
[…] it's something of the most importance for educat[ing] the elites. I'm not sure I agree; but I'm not sure I disagree either.
Language knowledge shapes the ability of reasoning.
From what I've seen here and there, a "wide" experience -linguistic or otherwise- leads to…nothing a focused mind wouldn't find easier and earlier.
I'll readily admit the advantage of being familiar with other languages (French, Spanish/Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean — and some few others, spoken mostly on islands none of us will ever visit…except for jax!); but, really, one language is enough. And most people can hardly manage that.
You go too far proclaiming that reasoning -as a skill, for such it is!- is enhanced by more and more varied words! Were that the case, you'd have to acclaim American English as the best language…
(Somehow, I doubt you'd want to do that!) And admit that those who speak, read and write it natively, reason more naturally and, perhaps, better?
(I'd argue against that point, if you take it as a thesis! But you know that's what I do… )