S.I. Hayakawa: "Cultural and intellectual cooperation is the great principle of human life."

"To be able to read and write is to learn to profit by and take part in the greatest of human achievements -- that which makes all other achievements possible -- namely, the pooling of our experiences in great cooperative stores of knowledge, available to all. From the warning cry of primitive man to the latest newsflash or scientific monograph, language is social. Cultural and intellectual cooperation is the great principle of human life."

-S.I. Hayakawa, from Language in Thought & Action

Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (1906-1992) was a Canadian-American academic who served as the Junior U.S. Senator from California from 1977-1983. A professor of English and expert in Linguistics, Hayakawa's 1949 book Language in Thought and Action is one of the landmark works of the 20th century in the fields of Language and Semantics. Hayakawa served one term in the United States Senate, decided not to pursue re-election, and died in 1992 at the age of 85.


"To be able to read and write is to learn to profit by and take part in the greatest of human achievements -- that which makes all other achievements possible -- namely, the pooling of our experiences in great cooperative stores of knowledge, available to all. From the warning cry of primitive man to the latest newsflash or scientific monograph, language is social. Cultural and intellectual cooperation is the great principle of human life."

 -S.I. Hayakawa, from Language in Thought and Action

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
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  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.

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  • New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
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