“Words format the brain to such a degree that rather than being a means of representing reality, our language almost replaces reality. As a kid, every leaf you saw was unique and magical. One day, you learned they were called “leaves” and slowly, the magic of a leaf disappeared until all that was left was this concept of “leaf” and “leaves””

“Words format the brain to such a degree that rather than being a means of representing reality, our language almost replaces reality. As a kid, every leaf you saw was unique and magical. One day, you learned they were called “leaves” and slowly, the magic of a leaf disappeared until all that was left was this concept of “leaf” and “leaves””

What I love is that what you gave is not a metaphor or an analogy:
It is an example. An exemplar. Real. I now have a glowing leaf in my brain to represent this concept.

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