Episode 81— January 17th, 2022

What We Talk About When We Talk About Magic

Introduction to language and Magic
Pack 1, Pick 1 from Mozart's Cube
Why do we use specific shorthand and jargon in the first place?
Linguistic relativity: naming things shapes communication and how we think about concepts
How specific language can hinder communication
Why the most rigorous, theoretical terminology can sometimes be the least useful
Why context is critical to all language
The dangers of oversimplification
Grizzly Bears, Goblin Pikers, and Hill Giants
Thinking in terms of card classifications
Jargon makes Magic less accessible
Magic lingo speed round

Andy and Anthony talk about the language we use to talk about Magic. Language is fundamental to social experiences, our favorite game included. Creating new language helps us communicate more effectively and helps us think about and compartmentalize concepts, shaping how we thing about things. But jargon has its drawbacks.

Our listener submitted pack 1, pick 1 this week comes from Mozart’s Cube.

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