Linguistic Determinism

Various notes on language and thought:

Flores argues that there is no objective reality: that the human nervous system cannot distinguish between reality and perceptions. In practical terms, to Flores, this means that individuals and organizations are never fully trapped in any situation, even one as drastic as imprisonment - if they remain willing to change the way they think and talk about it. "We human beings are linguistic, social, emotional animals that co-invent a world through language," says Flores. "That means that reality is not formed by objects. That opens a different world of possibilities."

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  • I'm not sure how "chanting" and other repeated "magic words" are related to this, but I think that there are some connections here, maybe a way to "program" yourself through words (also further related to ideas of Linguistic Determinism)