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Aaron Yang

High school Mathematics teacher,

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Has language limited our capacity of thought?

"Words can't describe..." is a very common saying. We may be hearing this all too often now that the world is changing like never before. But this also begs the question of, in what other mediums are we able to understand things? can these ideas be recorded on paper? video? etc. Just wondering what all you TEDsters thought of this.

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  • Feb 2 2012: I really admire this question. Great thought.

    It seems that, in an impacting way, language has limited our capacity of thought. This is very troubling for the scientist who seeks to use exact representations of scientific "truths." Within the confines of objectivity, words will merely represent experiences. Words can never truly be the experience.

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