The Impact of Words
So recently I had this notion, that our perception is influenced so much by language. Because our thoughts are manifested in words, they are at the same time constricted by them – we could use the same adjective to describe many different things.
You should look up Humboldt, he was big on the whole linguistic relativity notion.
Robert Anton Wilson is your man.
“Om nom nom” – I’m having a good time enjoying my meal. It has a great impact on people while observing how someone eats.
“Afafafaf” – If I also start talking with my mouth full, maybe we’ll understand each other!
Emotions. Word’s effects are tied to the emotion attached to them. It’s trickier on the Internet.
Thanks for all the great links.
Also thinking that words are so inaccurate – for anything we think we have to decide which words fit best – we hear a loud sound and we categorize it, label it with a word – noisy, boisterous etc.
I really wonder if a person who has never been in contact with language before, and who hasn’t developed language by himself, would have a truer and purer way of thinking, not being constricted to words.
@kchen, Most probably yes, they would have purer way of thinking, we’re basically brainwashed since birth to associate things only in language. It won’t be a civilized way to communicate though, it would be driven mostly by instincts, now we just recognize them better when we “know” what our instincts mean. I am pretty sure that if you grow up like an animal without language or civilized human contact, you’ll be no different than a savage and doing things only to survive. The interesting thing is that in our world we only embrace instincts that are love-related. Everything else that might involve anger, which is a natural reaction is considered a disorder – and that fucks up people and it has a great impact on their lives. Lies. Bullshit. Words feed beliefs.
Currently reading Money- Martin Amis. Considering he’s Classes as one of the best authors of our time, his writing is crude. But it’s fascinating.
I particularly like and yet abhor the line: ‘she’s probably brushing her teeth with his cock’
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