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Many world hypothesis - Lukassen Design
To what extent does language influence how we think and how we perceive the social and physicalworlds? The famous but controversialSapir-Whorf hypothesis, named after two linguistic anthropologists, Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf, argues thatpeople cannot easily understand concepts and objects unless their language contains words for theseitems (Whorf, 1956).Language thus influences how we understand the world around us. For example, people in a countrysuch as the United States that has many terms for different types of kisses (e.g. buss, peck,smack, smooch, and soul) are better able to appreciate these different types than people in acountry such as Japan, which, as we saw earlier, only fairly recently developed the wordkissufor kiss.
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CORRECTION: When newspapers make statements like, "most scientists agree that human activity is the culprit behind global warming," it's easy to imagine that scientists hold an annual caucus and vote for their favorite hypotheses. But of course, that's not quite how it works. Scientific ideas are judged not by their popularity, but on the basis of the evidence supporting or contradicting them. A hypothesis or theory comes to be accepted by many scientists (usually over the course of several years or decades!) once it has garnered many lines of supporting evidence and has stood up to the scrutiny of the scientific community. A hypothesis accepted by "most scientists," may not be "liked" or have positive repercussions, but it is one that science has judged likely to be accurate based on the evidence. To learn more about , visit our series of pages on the topic in our section on how science works.