Lera Boroditsky on How Language Shapes Thought

This is a fascinating lecture by Lera Boroditsky on the effects of language on he content of thought as tested through a wide range of creative empirical studies. (You can also read this article , also by Boroditsky, which contains some of the information and citations.) She actually starts at 5:10 if you want to skip a great but superfluous opening video and get on with the lecture. The lecture itself is only about an hour.

Put timestamps of parts you want to recommend to others in the comments. Thanks to Cat and Bobby for the finds.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://wateringgoodseeds.tumblr.com/ Shira Coffee

    “A banana is such an attractive object. No one would ever refuse a giant, glowing banana in their camp. But then we would jump out and attempt to steal their beer.”

    I have loved linguistics since I discovered Mario Pei’s books in like 8th grade. I knew about half the stuff she mentions, but this is really SO COOL! Thanks, Dan.


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