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!

4 comments:

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?