Linguistic Relativity: How our words change our reality
Two months ago I saw the film Arrival, a science fiction film that combines aliens, imminent war, the military, scientists, and shifting time. But really what the film was about was language. Specifically how the channels of communication we have and the language we use within those channels changes the way we perceive our own reality, and that if we could change those channels, expand the language we have at our disposal, we can see reality in a new way.
This idea of using a change in our communication vehicles to provide new insight into our reality may be one of the most inspiring things I can think of, and if my work can provide something close to that I will be the most content I have ever been, so I began to look into the theories that informed the story behind Arrival. This is where I found the term linguistic relativity, and the history behind it.