A Neuroscientist Explores The – Scientific American

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis suggests languages affect, and alter, thoughts and behavior, and the “Sanskrit Effect” could support that proposal. James Hartzell saw it in action, then lays out the neuroscience supporting this intriguing phenomenon. Not all memories are photographically perfect, as Oliver Sacks observed in The River Of Consciousness, and Robert Thorson puts Sacks’s conjectures on How We Shape Our Fallible Memories into a contemporary context rife with “fake news”, “alternative facts”, and the inexorable rise of bullshit. (CS)

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