PfizerGuyzer t1_j0u3opq wrote

"Pāṇini’s system—4,000 rules detailed in his greatest work, the Aṣṭādhyāyī which is thought to have been written around 500 BC—is meant to work like a machine. Feed in the base and suffix of a word and it should turn them into grammatically correct words and sentences through a step-by-step process."

I don't know. If you guys are having this reaction to the article, then it must in some sense be confusing, but if I were the author I would find this criticism borderline offensive.


PfizerGuyzer t1_j0rbs00 wrote

I read the article and felt it answered all of these questions adequately. Panini was not a contemporary scholar, he was describing Sanskrit centuries ago. We knew that his machine worked, but could not follow his instructions now. (That's what the 'machine' was, a set of grammer instructions that produced perfectly correct Sanskrit words. It was a conceptual machine.)

Rishi cracked what Panini meant in his instructions, and now we have a way to construct close to perfect Sanskrit.


PfizerGuyzer t1_iydye9n wrote

I was 14 when I read the Reek stuff in the Game of Thrones books and it genuinely affected me. I remember reading it in Irish class and being unable to focus on schoolwork for a while when I got to some of the mutiliation stuff. I haven't continued on in that series till this day.

EDIT: Also I think most books that have any real depiction of sexual assault might be weird for a 14 year old. I know I had had healthy sexual experiences before I read any books that go properly into that subject matter, and I'm glad.


PfizerGuyzer t1_isucm1e wrote