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Language.

 

Language Matters.

 

The human brain is wired for, and by, language.

 

 

Language is how we get ideas from one brain into another. 

 

The words we use to do so reflect who we are.

 

 

Different languages influence how we think about the relationship between things differently.

 

 

Our languages have separated us into linguistically defined cultural bubbles. 

 

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Though most have shared roots,

 

 

cultural gaps tend to be greater between languages that diverged longer ago.

 

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All of our knowledge about the world is contained in our languages.

 

 

Each word within a language gets its meaning from how it is used.

 

 

Every word you know is part of a network of associations wired into your brain.

 

 

Each language uses different networks of association.

 

This gives each unique interpretations of life and the world.

 

 

 

Language gives meaning to existence.

 

 

The limits of our language define our ability to comprehend the world.

 

 

Though there seems to be a limit to what we can express through language.

 

 

 


 

Names matter.

 

We name things important to us.

 

Names can outlive their language.

 

Though their meaning often gets scrambled along the way.

 

 

Humans have the unique ability to name things that exist only in our minds.

 

Sometimes we create stories to explain these names.

 

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Stories can be powerful hallucinogens.

 

 

We understand our world, and ourselves, through narrative.

 

A causal series of events that have purpose and meaning.

 

This leads to this leads to this.

 

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Though, as far as we know, this is not how the world works.

 

 

Science is helping refine our languages.

 

 

It separates things that exist in the world from things that only exist only in our minds.

 

 

Its tools extend that ability.

 

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When we discover something about the world, our language grows.

 

 

 

But, even in science, we sometimes give names to things before we have the tools needed to properly define them.

 

This creates problems because it is often not possible to prove something we have named does not exist.

 

 

 

 

This is particularly problematic in medical science.

 

We created names for diseases before we had the tools needed to accurately describe them.

 

Some of those names persist to this day.

 

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Each disease field has stories that connect the clues we do have to explain its existence.

 

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Everyday people still get diagnosed with them.

 

And everyday scientists try to develop treatments for them.

 

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Trying to solve puzzles that don’t exist.

 

 

 

Enter Brain Fictions, a book about how the stories we tell about neurodegenerative diseases are preventing cures.

 

By Alberto Espay and Benjamin Stecher

 

 

Coming soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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