How Language Shapes the Way We Think

How Language Shapes the Way We Think

Understanding the power of language to create our reality

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world–and they all have different sounds, vocabularies, and structures. But, do they shape the way we think?

Cognitive scientist, Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language–from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right, to the multiple words for blue in Russian–that suggest the answer is a resounding yes.

The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is…Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000. – Lera Boroditsky

The way we describe events, our environment, and nature, impact on our culture and life. This fascinating Ted Talk will alter your perceptions about your reality.

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