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Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it. ---->>>

At the same time, new concepts and abstractions flow into the picture, taking up the task of describing the universe without reference to such time or space - abstractions for which our language lacks adequate terms. ---->>>

But in due course it became evident that not only a physical situation qua physics, but the meaning of that situation to people, was sometimes a factor, through the behavior of people, in the start of a fire. ---->>>

Most metaphysical words in Hopi are verbs, not nouns as in European languages. ---->>>

My analysis was directed toward purely physical conditions, such as defective wiring, presence of lack of air spaces between metal flues and woodwork, etc., and the results were presented in these terms. ---->>>

We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. ---->>>

Too long has the public mind considered religion to be synonymous with priestcraft. ---->>>


Benjamin Whorf profile (benjamin-whorf.jpeg)
Nationality: American
Born: April 24, 1897
Die: 07-26, 1941
Occupation: Scientist

Benjamin Lee Whorf (; April 24, 1897 – July 26, 1941) was an American linguist and fire prevention engineer. Whorf is widely known as an advocate for the idea that differences between the structures of different languages shape how their speakers perceive and conceptualize the world. This principle has frequently been called the "Sapir–Whorf hypothesis", after him and his mentor Edward Sapir, but Whorf called it the principle of linguistic relativity, because he saw the idea as having implications similar to Einstein's principle of physical relativity (wikipedia)