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leandra43384 karma

You did a fantastic job, only murders was my favorite show this year! Are there any shows/movies that you’d recommend that do a particularly good job representing Deaf folks and experience?

leandra43341 karma

This isn't by design but by necessity: if you have two kidneys and they fail and start working at 30%, you're in trouble and need a new kidney. if the same thing happens to you but you've already donated one kidney, you're in way deeper trouble than the average person.

leandra43331 karma

What does a god towel look like?

leandra43330 karma


That's a big, tough question! There seem to be a number of factors involved, but in my opinion the main ones are:

i. the challenge and indeterminacy of language acquisition. We don't learn language by plugging in a cable to our parents' heads and transferring their linguistic knowledge directly into our brains; we have to infer how the language works from a combination of sound waves and/or visual images that highly underdetermine what the actual message intended is.

To take a simple example, when a kid first hears the word "dog" s/he doesn't know if it refers specifically to the family dog, or to labradors in general, or all dogs, or all quadrupeds, or all animals, etc. And the people in the room virtually never provide any further clues as to what these words mean--the kid has to figure out the answer for itself. Kids clearly come up with different hypotheses, and this appears to yield a lot of the linguistic variation we find, even within a single family.

ii. social differentiation Despite all the rhetoric about humans wanting to be equal, most of them seem to find equality/identicalness profoundly disturbing. Your average human actually wants to be LIKE some people (in the case of kids, it's typically a subset of the kids of their age or a bit older), and NOT LIKE some other people. It's this latter force that can lead to further linguistic differentiation. Say you have a kid learning English who is exposed to the English of their little friends, their parents, and their grandparents. They typically will (subconsciously) opt for the forms used by their little friends, some of whom may have non-standard forms resulting from factor (i) discussed above. This is another way that social group differentiation (including regional variation) can arise and spread.

leandra43315 karma

I think the opposite is true- I've read that many organ donors have trouble getting insurance afterwards. Source