The Fifth World

E-Prime

E-Prime describes English without the verb ”to be.“ For a good introduction to the value of such an exercise, you might read Robert Anton Wilson’s “Toward Understanding E-Prime.” In the Fifth World, many languages have developed to verb much more frequently because the sorts of cognitive advantages that E-Prime confers have become the difference between survival and extinction. Those who can think in terms more closely grounded in their own experience, without jumping to conclusions about what something “is” or “is not” make better trackers, and better trackers have fewer hungry family members.

We ask members to write their contributions for the site in E-Prime. We understand that this can sometimes pose a challenge, though. If you find some form of “to be” on the website, we’ll appreciate any efforts you can take to fix it.