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    As many of you might have noticed, there was a huge upgrade last summer of the Time4Learning language arts system with all the vocabulary games. These all start with the animated musical intro of Lego Ergo Sum.

    I have been asking around trying to find what this means. Time4Learning is offering a free Time4Learning coffee mug to the best new explanation (Kathy already won the first coffee cup). So, thanks to Kathy (a Time4Learning member) who provided these answers. Any additional insights from anybody?

    Kathy's first answer: My son and I had to dig out my old latin dictionaries, but it means "I gather, therefore I am". But someone has probably already beat me to the answer I expect.

    My follow-up: I still feel that there is a mystery about the use of that term. I believe that it is supposed to mean more than it's literal translation but I can't seem to find a scholar who recognizes the quote.


    Kathy's follow up answer: Yes, I agree there is more to the quote and I've been pondering it all day. It closely resembles "Cogito, ergo sum" or "I think, therefore I am". If you are unfamiliar with this philosophy, here is a little info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogito_ergo_sum

    Upon further investigation, I found alternate translations for lego- I gather, I collect, I read

    So it seems to be that it implies "my gathering or collecting of information, my reading makes me what I am." Another possibility..I stumbled upon this quote:

    I collect, therefore I am:
    --- By selecting, gathering together, and setting aside groups of objects,
    we make the world meaningful and define our own relationship to it.


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    You've got my curiosity peaked now. I'll let you know if I find anything else useful.
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    I've been doing more research on Lego Ergo Sum. I contacted the developer (a subcontractor to CompassLearning) of those vocabulary lessons and received this reply...

    Hi John,

    We understand, based on paid searches and translation engines, “Lego Ergo Sum” to translate as “I read therefore I am.”

    And we very much hope that’s what it means, since that is at the core of what we were trying to get kids to realize through the body of work.

    So that’s our two cents. Hope it helps, and thank you, very much, for your kind words. We put a lot of work into that puppy, and we’re thrilled to see it out in the marketplace, hopefully doing some good for struggling readers.

    Best, Amanda
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    I also sent it to off to history professor friend of mine where the question made it to a Latin teacher who answered:

    I do not know the significance of the phrase but I would translate it as "I read, therefore I am" - a knock-off on the more recognizable "Cogito, ergo sum" meaning "I think, therefore I am." I'm not sure that this helps but ...
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    There was a famous Greek quote, perhaps by Socrates, saying that The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living. It values thinking, philosophical thinking specifically, as primary. I'm wondering if Lego Ergo Sum might almost fit in that way of thinking (ie "leg" or "learning" equating to "the examining of life")

    I suspect that Lego Ergo Sum might be supposed to mean that to be truly alive, you need to be learning. Or that without pervasive learning (ie learning as a way of life, not as a fragment or stage in life), I would not truly be.

    or - figuratively - I learn so I exist.
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