|…Finally, two wholly non-political items. One was a fascinating short piece in JPost the other day about brain research underway at Haifa University which has revealed that when reading either Hebrew right to left or English left to right, the brain works in a similar way.
But when reading Arabic, it works in a different way, which is strange because Arabic is a cognate of Hebrew likewise written right to left.
This is a mystery and I have no explanation, though I have no doubt – read Raphael Patai or David Pryce Jones or John Laffin – that the Arabs think differently than civilized Jews and English speakers. So I look forward to more on this story.
And secondly in the New York Times the other day, a piece was entitled “Why Bilinguals are Smarter” which discussed how that capability develops the brain and the mind, and it occurred to me that this may be a factor in the high IQ scores Jews are known to rack up because so many have been bilingual, because in every generation there have been waves of Jewish refugees running from one country to another which produce children raised in the country of refugee who are bilingual: speaking to mommy and daddy in the language they brought with them, speaking with others the language of the new land of refuge.
But I’m really anxious to see what that brain research into Arabic leads to. How odd that brain activity appears the same when reading English and Hebrew but not when reading Arabic.
No doubt about it. Arabs do think differently.
Leila tov miEretz Yisrael…