Eric Petersen

Master - Student
Provo, UT, United States

About Eric

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Portuguese

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Eric Petersen
Posted over 2 years ago
How does bilingualism make you feel?
It truly is difficult to learn a second language. But it is so fantastic to have that much more of a perspective on the world when you have a second language to fall back on. Usually in the process of learning a second language one also learns about some aspect of another culture and they open up a whole new group of people to learn from as well. I learned Brazilian Portuguese a number of years ago and I was surprised how difficult it was compared to anything else I have learned. I learned about dedication, hard work, and enduring through hardships. In that aspect it made me a better person. I also now connect really well with Brazilians and I have learned how awesome they are! It has always been funny to speak English and Portuguese now. There are times I'll take an expression in English and translate it to Portuguese and it does not make a lick of sense and the same thing exists going the other way. That and it opens up your world to a whole new slough of random language mistakes that create the greatest inside jokes ever. Basically learning a second language has been the funnest thing ever. Now if only I didn't keep through in Portuguese words as a substitute when I practice Spanish :P By the way, the coolest thing in the world is when I am speaking with a fluent English/Portuguese speaker. When I cannot find a word in Portuguese I can just throw in an English word and the other person gets it. I end up creating English/Portuguese sentences and the other person continues on as if two languages have not been fused together when a normal person would just stare at you and wonder "What?"
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Eric Petersen
Posted over 2 years ago
What do you think the world will be like in the year 3012?
I am usually the optimist, but I want to take a different approach on this considering most everyone has been fairly optimistic. I can see the world evolving in to a world void of emotions, feelings, or care as we know it today. With the increase in technology we will discover how to simulate the brain, transfer consciousness, work as a collective, etc. (Sounds Star Trek Borgish now that I think about it). Society will have enough of suffering, the pain that emotion can cause, the inefficiencies that emotions place on us and people will transfer themselves from a biological form to a robotic form to help eliminate emotion. Because efficiency and processing works better in a larger group, individuality will be sacrificed for one large collective in order to process information faster to satisfy the human desire for knowledge and eventually all of humanity will be one large unit of thought that works through robotic means to accomplish its desires. Could this happen? Potentially. Just something to think about.