Is Your Language Making You Fat?

This unpublished paper suggests that our concept of the world can be affected by our language. For example, people with languages which have defined concepts of the future have smaller nest eggs, eat more, and exercise less as the division between present and future allows them to put it off.

It is also worth noting that concepts of languages and the actual languages can differ: for example precise Germans may not be picking it up from their seemingly well formulated language as you might suspect, but because they can’t handle any more ambiguity after what is in fact a highly idiosyncratic one.

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