How Can German Affect Cognition

How Can German Affect Cognition

Moving to Germany I knew I must learn German. Must is a strong word perhaps. Most locals, in Berlin at the very least, speak English pretty well. So while it is not a must for handling daily matters, it is still crucial if one intends to fully integrate into German society and understand the cultural intricacies. Few months of German classes are far from enough to actually start speaking proper German. Yet, this time provided me with enough insight to make some plausible claims about the strong ties between the German language to the cognition of a German speaking man or woman.

Thought and Language

Before we get to the details of German we first need to establish what is the link between thought and Language, a highly debatable discussion in Philosophy, Linguistic and certain fields of Science.

One way to approach language is to look at it as a representation of our thoughts. With this approach, our thoughts, or rather our entire cognitive array is independent and mirrors something that exists either physically, in potential, or as an idea. Language comes into play as a tool of communication, and using it we can transfer the meaning behind one’s thoughts to another. It does not, however, play a role in shaping the cognition of its speakers, it is quite plainly a tool at our disposal. Phew, alright, that is slightly condensed for this topic, but an example will do a better job explaining this.

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The Essence of Adventure – A Conversation Between a Horse & Its Rider

The Essence of Adventure – A Conversation Between a Horse & Its Rider

Not so long ago I was backpacking the world for sixteen months. After a few years of standard life, traveling was an adventure I sorely needed. Traveling for a long period of time comes with so many merits. Most travelers talk very openly about all the good this temporary lifestyle brought them, and they are sure to recommend it to anyone.

“The idea of adventure that we had, what was abnormal once is now quite normal for the two of us. Adventure has become our lifestyle to the point where it is synonymous.”

What fewer people experience and fewer people talk about is the choice of ending the adventure. Few travelers manage to travel long enough to reach a point where traveling becomes meaningless. Most finish their travels abruptly because money runs out, or time does not permit when one has certain ambitions such as enrolling to university or the like. And so, their travels come to an end with a sweet taste of more to come. Those that are able to travel for even longer than most eventually come to face the conundrum that might end their travels in a most satisfying way, out of choice, and not out of circumstance.

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