The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains

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The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains

What does it mean if linguists claim that language shapes the way we perceive and think about the world? This two-part series about the different concepts of colour various languages have, provides some great insights. So for example, some people might not be able to spot the difference between a blue and a green square – not because they are colorblind, but because in their language, they are the same color. Think about what this means for concepts like gender, nationality or time.


From Weekly Filet #75, in July 2012.

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