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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Albert Rothenberg pdf (106,888 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Albert Rothenberg
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (106,888 Bytes)
Date:
1981-04-07 (April 7, 1981)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Rothenberg, Albert
Austen Riggs Center
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence E
Box Number: 36
Folder Number: 173
Unique Identifier:
BBARJF
Accession Number:
81
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1978-1984
Folder: Rothenberg, Albert
Transcript:
Al Rothenberg.
[stamped, APR -- 7 1981]
Janus inverted.
Dear Al --
Thank you for the MS. Certainly I have no complaint, no reason to withhold permission.
I do have some comments:
1) IQ Where did you find a group of undergraduates that could compete with an Arthur Kornberg? (Not all the Nobelists in your group have notably superior intelligence.)
2). Other hypotheses
I am impressed that all of your groups showed [?] lower latencies for "opposite" vs "nonopposite primary" responses
So I wondered if antonyms are easier to find than synonyms -- the latter being a subset of your primaries.
Certainly this would be the case in French which is notably bereft of synonyms.
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[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
In the extreme case, a word might have no synonyms but would almost always have an antonym.
Your analysis would be enhanced if you included classification by other criteria, and showed that those failed, in contrast to the janusian cut.
For example: how about responses that are semantically related (1) regardless of negation vs. others that are part of common cliches (2) vs others that are linguistically idiosyncratic
e.g.
[diagram]
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[BEGIN PAGE THREE]
Surely there is a substantial literature on word association classification.
My theory is that your creative people (most of them) are also verbally facile. A fast opposite may be an elaborated repressive defense against more stressful associations! If this is correct this group will exhibit a stereotyped technique, e.g. elaboration of opposites.
Yours,
Joshua.
P.S. Do you know of any literature on role-swapping as a mode of discourse? Cf enclosure.
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