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Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently

Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently | Human Geography |
Researchers have found that people who speak more than one language literally see the world differently, ScienceMag reveals. Researchers have found that depending on the primary language spoken, people looking at the same set of events perceive things differently. For example, Russian speakers apparently can distinguish shades of blue faster than English speakers, while Japanese speakers group objects by material rather than shape.

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But a new study from the Lancaster University in the United Kingdom focused on bilinguals and looked at how these people see the world and it found some surprising results.

“[We’re] taking that classic debate and turning it on its head,” psycholinguist Panos Athanasopoulos said, by asking whether “two different minds [can] exist within one person” rather than asking whether speakers of different languages have different minds.

In the study, scientists looked at English and German speakers and how they treat events. The English language focuses on situating actions in time, whereas German speakers tend to specify the beginning, middle and end of an event. When looking at the same scene, a German speaker would say that “A man leaves the house and walks to the store,” while an English speaker would say “A man is walking.”

Researchers told 15 native speakers of each language to look at clips showing various ambiguous actions (people walking, biking, running or driving) and asked them to describe them as goal-oriented or not goal-oriented. German speakers matched ambiguous scenes with goal-oriented ones 40% of the time, while English speakers did so 25% of the time. The conclusion was that German speakers are more likely to focus on possible outcomes of actions and English speakers pay more attention to the action happening in front of them.

Scientists then looked at 30 bilinguals who were shown at the same kind of videos, and actively challenged them to switch languages. When English was blocked, subjects saw ambiguous videos as more goal-oriented, just as German speakers from the former test. When German was blocked, subjects acted as English speakers.

The study suggests that languages have an important unconscious role in a person’s perception of events.

“By having another language, you have an alternative vision of the world,” Athanasopoulos said. “You can listen to music from only one speaker, or you can listen in stereo … It’s the same with language.”

“This is an important advance,” Atlanta Emory University cognitive scientist Phillip Wolff said about the study. “If you’re a bilingual speaker, you’re able to entertain different perspectives and go back and forth. That really hasn’t been shown before.”

More details about the study are available in this month’s edition of Psychological Science.

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Nolan Walters's insight:

Learning a new language will let you understand what they people of that region are trying to say and their ideas.  You would also be able to understand their music and traditions.  Learning that second language can give a you a new understanding of the world, and let you be able to know a little more than the person who only knows one language.

Riley Tuggle's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:06 AM

This study is very interesting to me. I think it is crazy how language can change the way you perceive the events happening all around you. This research shows how much language impacts our lives and may even help us make better, or worse, decisions. I would love to test this, how the scientists tested it, myself. I think it would be fun observing the results that may surprise me.  -RT

Cassie Brannan's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:16 AM

In this article, ScienceMag reveals that researchers have found that people that speak more than one language, sees the world in a different perspective. Depending on primary languages spoken, people looking at the same set of events think of them differently. For instance, some people may do one thing better than other people. -CB


jada_chace's curator insight, March 23, 2015 7:31 PM

Speaking two languages can change the way you perceive the events occurring around you. The test in the research shows how language affects our lives dramatically. Scientist Phillip Wolff stated, “If you’re a bilingual speaker, you’re able to entertain different perspectives and go back and forth. That really hasn’t been shown before.” I believe this is true, coming from a student who can speak French. By speaking in a different language allows your brain to be more active and think more efficiently. -JConner

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Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83 | Human Geography |
Starship Enterprise’s Vulcan was the ultimate outsider — a trait that his portrayer said he understood well.

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Leonard Nimoy is an excellent example of popular culture. Star Trek has been around for 50 years, and people still watch this amazing show. Leonard Nimoy will be remembered as a part of popular culture and as one of the original members of the Enterprise. May he rest in peace.

Christopher M Turner's curator insight, February 27, 2015 12:45 PM

Washington Post: Feb. 27, 2015 - Obituary: Actor Leonard Nimoy, who lived and prospered long after 'Star Trek,' dies at 83

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Music in 2014: Taylor Takes the Year, Republic Records on Top, Streaming to the Rescue

Music in 2014: Taylor Takes the Year, Republic Records on Top, Streaming to the Rescue | Human Geography |
While the U.S. music industry suffered through its worst sales year since the advent of SoundScan (now Nielsen Music) in 1991, streaming was so strong last year that the industry nevertheless saw growth -- yes, growth -- in 2014, when new metrics to measure music revenue are taken into consideration.

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Music is a great hit in our time, and it is also a demand in MDCs. Also, being able to stream music is something just about everyone wants. The Music Industry has shown great growth, and is going to continue to grow with all the music that is given in the demand of the people.

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A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger

A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger | Human Geography |
Corn is not what you think. For starters: Most of the time, it's not human food.

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Nolan Walters's insight:

Most of the corn is not even going to us. Most of it goes to the animals, who eat it (which is cheaper than grass), which fatten them up for slaughter for humans.  Corn also gets turned into Corn Syrup, which fattens us.  The Corn industry is mostly to fatten up animals for meat for us humans in MDCs. 

Rachael Johns's curator insight, October 24, 2014 10:17 AM

The corn we are growing is not helping world hunger but is making the world more unhealthy. Most the corn that we grow is either going to be used as sweeteners or as feed for cows. When we feed this to the cows it is literally killing the cows that WE eat.

Alex Lewis's curator insight, October 30, 2014 12:46 PM

The fact that we could use this land to grow surplus edible food instead of corn that isn't edible and goes to feed obese and unhealthy cows is sickening. There are millions of people dying in Africa and other LDC's from starvation, but we use our farmland to grow inedible corn and overfeed cows to the point of death. The corn is used to feed animals, and the animals are then slaughtered months, weeks or even days before they would've died of overfeeding. 

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:42 PM

Land use practices that determine what is grown in a particular place are partly determined by the health needs of a local population, but they are more directly shaped by economic markets.  Over 75% of the corn produced in the United States is destined for animal feed or fuel; since global population projections are now supposed to be 11 billion by 2100, these are some important issues for us to consider before we are forced to reassess our societal choices.    


Tagspodcast, political ecology, agriculture, food production, land use.

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Agriculture: Back to the Start

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the St...


Sure this is an animated commercial for Chipotle Grill, but this perfectly encapsulates the beliefs, values and ethics that underscore the organic farming movement. 

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This video shows how agriculture was, and how it has turned into genetically modifying animals and other food.  The food we have today is extremely fattening and inorganic. We could have healthier foods and animals if we stop genetically modifying plants and animals. 



Aurora Rider's curator insight, October 24, 2014 10:14 AM

Sure this is a Chipotle commercial but is does a good job at showing the belief that we should go back to the old way of farming. The video shows a family farm being taken over by what appears to be some big corporation. Upon being taken over, the animals are confined in small compartments and injected by what appears to be antibiotics and some other unknown substance. The factories they are sent to are polluting the place. The farmer sees all of this and decides to go back to the start.

jada_chace's curator insight, October 26, 2014 7:17 PM

In the video it shows how the world has evolved in the way that humans take action on Mother Nature’s ways. In the beginning, there was a small family farm that was growing crops and animals. Shortly after that, it showed how small family farms are being taken over by the big agribusinesses. In today’s society that tends to happen more and more, which can be both good and bad on our economy. Unless people don’t make a change about the way we treat our food, nothing in our economy is going to get better. 

Cassie Brannan's curator insight, December 9, 2014 10:21 PM

This animated film shows you what agriculture is really like. Sometimes it is difficult to be a farmer because of all of the climate changes. When the weather changes off and on, it can kill the crops, making it harder for farmers to find food. So as you can see, farmers go through a lot and it take a lot of hard work to be a successful farmer.

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Population 7 Billion

Population 7 Billion | Human Geography |

"Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global population has more than doubled, and the UN projects that it could possibly grow to 15 billion by the year 2100. As the international organization points out, this increasing rate of change brings with it enormous challenges."


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Why is the population growing so quickly? Most of the population is located in Southeast Asia, and they are already starting to have problems.  What will happen once the ratio of people to resources changes, so that there are less resources than needed?  Overpopulation may just happen soon, but the Stage 2 countries are who are making our population grow so quickly.

Roman M's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:17 AM

At first, the world's population did not grow a lot. Now we are growing about 1 billion in 12 years, that is scary compared to the 200 years we grew about 1 billion. These are some pictures of some highly dense populations. It is even scarier that in 2100 the population is suspected to be 15 billion.

jada_chace's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:25 AM

Over the years our world population has grown enormously. Almost  200 years ago there was only 1 billion people in the world, and as time went on the population started to increase dramatically. By 2100, geographers say the population will grow to be 150 million people in the world. The population continues to grow throughout time, we therefore should be cautious on how we are to our environment.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 22, 2015 12:49 PM

I saw the pictures. It is amazing how peoples back yards are all different. From water to dirt to garbage to no back yards at all. I was commenting on the fact with the population growth there is only one way to build and that is up. Then i saw the pictures of the High risers and how tall they were and so close together. It is a no wonder people live in a stressful environment. There is nothing like living in a wide open land lot with grass in Wyoming or Montana but that sure will change in the next 50 years.

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For some Americans, Arabic is a language of terror

For some Americans, Arabic is a language of terror | Human Geography |
Reading the pledge of allegiance in Arabic at a US high school sparked a furious backlash in upstate New York.

New York — It was intended to celebrate language and diversity. But reading the pledge of allegiance in Arabic at a US high school sparked a furious backlash in upstate New York.

Wednesday’s incident at Pine Bush High School, 128km northwest of New York City, angered students, parents, residents and even those who lost loved ones in Afghanistan.

The initial plan to celebrate National Foreign Language week was that students would read the daily American pledge of allegiance in a different language each day.

But when an Arabic-speaking pupil did so, she was harassed and called a terrorist, said senior class president Andrew Zink, 18, who approved the reading.

Zink, who stood by his decision, said he had received threats on Twitter. Veterans who live in the area told US media they opposed the pledge being read in any language other than English.

Local newspaper the Times Herald-Record said school superintendent Joan Carbone received complaints from residents who had lost relatives in Afghanistan — a non-Arab country whose main languages are Pashto and Dari — and from Jewish parents.

Pine Bush Central School District apologised and said that from now on, the pledge of allegiance will be recited only in English.

A statement on its website said the intention had been to celebrate Foreign Language Week and “the many races, cultures and religions that make up this great country and our school district”.

“We sincerely apologise to any students, staff or community members who found this activity disrespectful,” it said.

But the apology has angered Zink and others who say language has nothing to do with what it means to be American.

“Many people were angered about reading, but an equal amount are angered by the apology, so now everyone’s mad,” Zink said.

“America or even American isn’t defined in what language you speak in, but the ideas you believe in.”

Zink, who described Pine Bush as predominantly white, said the incident showed the small town is “not willing to accept other groups of people”.

Sadyia Khalique, a spokeswoman for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair), criticised the backlash.

“To see the language of Arabic ostracized and being used as a way to target communities or even lead to hate speech is something which is not a goal... of National Language Week,” she said.

Cair noted this was not the first time that Arabic had caused “prejudiced sentiment” in an American high school.

Hate calls and threats from parents namely followed a recitation of the pledge of allegiance in Arabic in 2013 in Colorado.

The same year, parents at a high school in Alabama opposed the introduction of Arabic lessons, claiming they would cause students to “learn a ‘culture of hate’,” Cair said.

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Nolan Walters's insight:

The reason that it was spoken in arabic was because the school was having a different language week, and the student in the announcements read the pledge in arabic. It got a very bad reaction because the stereotypes of arabic people being terrorists. I did not se a problem in the student who said the pledge in a different language.

Riley Tuggle's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:13 AM

I believe this event shows how stereotypical our world is. Arabic isn't a language of violence, its a language just like English. Yes, some terrorists may be Arabic, but terrorists are also English, Spanish, French, ect. Those terrorists should not allow us to see their language as disgraceful just because they spoke that language. The speakers of Arabic are probably disappointed and maybe even confused on why people of other languages see them as violent, and that isn't good at all. -RT

AmandaWilhiteee's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:19 AM

In my opinion on this article is that people were overreacting about the situation. If the school was celebrating Language week, then they should not be punished for it. Yes, this country has had terrorist attacks, but we should still be able to speak diverse languages. And, the Arabian girl did not deserve to be bullied for speaking Arab. 


John Luo's curator insight, October 10, 2015 2:59 AM

concepts of prejudice --> prejudiced conclusions

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Eastern Kazakhstan to see massive dairy farming development. Markets.

Eastern Kazakhstan to see massive dairy farming development. Markets. | Human Geography |
43 enterprises of East Kazakhstan Oblast have been selected to participate in a large dairy farming development initiative.

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The development of Dairy Farming in Kazakhstan can help the country by giving more food to the people. It can also be used for trade purposes so the country can develop more. Dairy Farming can be a great step forward for Kazakhstan, and the lives of the people there can be a little bit easier.

Cassie Brannan's curator insight, January 12, 2015 10:00 AM

Cities and regions of East Kazakhstan Oblast are going to see a large scale development of dairy farming. The region has selected forty-three companies that are already operating in this niche. In the company Ornek LLP, coordinated effort of all the region's services - guidance, consultative and organisational assistance is needed for the farm to solve all the existing problems existing in the niche fast. 

Rachael Johns's curator insight, January 12, 2015 10:13 AM

This tells you of the development of the cow industry. From the picture you can see the poor treatment of the cows and how close they are forced to be to other cows and how the only room they have is to eat and discrete. It is this kind of mistreatment that causes people to switch to organic.

Roman M's curator insight, January 16, 2015 9:51 AM

It is very interesting to see the development of dairy farming. Especially in a country like Kazakhstan where they are in the process of developing. They have a lot of enterprises wanting to participate in the dairy development in this country. Hopefully this can boost their economy in the country as a whole. It can be a very good thing for Kazakhstan.

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The Scarecrow - YouTube

Watch "The Scarecrow," the companion film for Chipotle's new app-based game. Then download the free app at and join the quest for whole...
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This is another a video by Chipotle Mexican Grill.  It shows the representation of commercial farming which is quite disturbing in this video. But you would have to watch the masterpiece to understand.

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Jolly Yellow Giant

Jolly Yellow Giant | Human Geography |
One of the largest stars in the galaxy blazes brightly in this recent image from the Very Large Telescope in Chile. HR 5171A is a yellow hypergiant, a rare type of star that is evolving quickly as it nears the end of its life.

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Migration in America - Forbes

Migration in America - Forbes | Human Geography |

"More people left Phoenix in 2009 than came. The map above visualizes moves to and from Phoenix; counties that took more migrants than they sent are linked with red lines. Counties that sent more migrants than they took are linked with blue lines."

Nolan Walters's insight:

I've seen something like this before.  More people leaving a location than entering it.  Something may have caused them to move, Push and Pull factors are both in this.  Job opportunities or the extreme heat of Phoenix may have caused them to leave.  It shows that most people went to the Northeast, where it is cooler and has more people.

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:36 PM

This map makes sense. Most of the areas in blue are the areas which are filled with diversity and mixed cultures. The areas in red or more rural or subarb areas which probably are filled with (not all) but lots of racist people who wouldn't normally accept mixed groups. This map kind of tells a lot about politics too, because most of where the migrants are settling is normally where a lot of Democrats tend to be, vs. the red and ALSO, the areas with neither blue or red, tend to vote more Republican. I also think it's interesting to see how the people who are mostly coming in our scattered around, but most stayed in the middle or east coast of the map. And the red areas are the west coast and the southern part of the east coap and the map.

Rachael Johns's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:21 AM

In this day and age we see more people migrating then staying. People move for numerous things, a trend that causes a lot of migration is when people retire they move to southern Florida. They get tons of sun rays and meet a lot of people their age there. Another reason people migrate is for jobs. If their job tells them they have to move across state they do which causes more migration. ~R.J~

AmandaWilhiteee's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:25 AM

The map is what originally attracted me to this article, but I must admit that the actual article was very interesting. Lots of the moves were from Phoenix, Arizona. Why people moved from Phoenix was not information that was disclosed in the article, but because of that, it made me wonder and want to learn more about this topic. AW :)

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What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano?

What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano? | Human Geography |
When Iselle crosses the Big Island of Hawaii, it will offer a rare glimpse at a clash of the titans


Tags: disasters, Oceania, physical, weather and climate.

Via Seth Dixon, Rebecca Cofield
Nolan Walters's insight:

This could be a very deadly disaster over nature that may happen.  Volcano and Hurricane mixed together- not a very good combination.  But it could turn out to slow down the hurricane or actually make the hurricane not as severe. Let's just hope for the best.

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, May 4, 2015 10:42 PM

It seems as though the volcanos have more of an affect on hurricanes than vise versa.  It is interesting to watch these two natural forces come together and play off of each other in their natural state.

Louis Mazza's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:28 AM


 What happens when a hurricane meets a volcano? Well according to Victoria Jaggard of when Hurrican Iselle crosses the big island volcano of Hawaii it will show us a clash of the titans. The scientists do not believe that the hurricane will cause eruption because previous storms and numerous amounts of rainfall has not affected the lava. I assume it will just evaporate when touching lava. Although gasses and particles could make phases of the hurricane more intense.

                This is interesting to see if a change in geography does really occurs when these 2 natural forces meet eachother. 

Lena Minassian's curator insight, May 7, 2015 12:20 PM

This was very interesting because I did not realize that a hurricane can clash with a volcano. Hurricane Iselle traveled across Hawaii and clashes with the Kilauea volcano. Hurricanes rarely happen in Hawaii and this is why this was unexpected. Gases and particles from the volcano will make the hurricane worse and more intense. Heavy rain will occur but the volcanic activity may only add more lightening than anything.