Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What's in a name?

I must say, I resisted the idea of getting a blog for quite some time. Blogs were the "in" thing, and I don't like jumping on bandwagons--it has something to do with asserting my own individuality. Instead, I reasoned, I'd like to have a means of communicating "thoughts"--snippets of ideas, a paragraph or two, that come to me at random times. I was planning on publishing these thoughts, along with essays and projects, on a website I would design, and the thoughts would be indexed by subject category, keyword, and date.

Hmm. Sounds kind of like a blog--but I can't call it that, of course.

In any case, the website never materialized, yet I still had a urge to record and share the various interesting ideas that strike me from time to time. Finally, I decided to take the path of least resistance and share my thoughts with Blogger. So much for principles.

But, what, pray tell, is a cogitorium? The name derives from the Latin cogitatorium, which Lewis & Short define as "a receptacle of thought." That's precisely what I intend this to be--not a "web log," but a holding tank for my ideas and a nexus for your ideas and mine (does that sound too grand?). In any case, I thought cogitatorium had one too many syllables for a speaker of English, so I dropped one to arrive at the name.

And so, let there be thought!


Michael Culbertson said...

See also my Cogitorium on Education.

Rob said...

You're lucky there's only two posts, 'cause I was about to get offended you hadn't told me about your blog. =D

Michael Culbertson said...

Offended? Sheesh! You're the first person to read it! You posted a comment 14 minutes after I published the address.

Dan Burden said...

I like it! Keep it up. I'm going to have to get the Nature article.

Is NFCS fair game on your blog?...just kidding...

Maybe your thoughts on creativity?