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WSJ: Words and our reality

WSJ:  New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world

Discussed on Mental Floss, here are some snippets from the original Wall Street Journal article by LERA BORODITSKY

“These questions touch on all the major controversies in the study of mind, with important implications for politics, law and religion. Yet very little empirical work had been done on these questions until recently. The idea that language might shape thought was for a long time considered untestable at best and more often simply crazy and wrong. Now, a flurry of new cognitive science research is showing that in fact, language does profoundly influence how we see the world.”

“It turns out that if you change how people talk, that changes how they think.”

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