Our Words Overwrite Our Own Experience - Deepstash

Our Words Overwrite Our Own Experience

Imagine that you and a friend witness a robbery. The police ask you to describe the perpetrator’s face as carefully as you can, but they don’t interview your friend. The next day, the police show both of you photographs of faces and ask you to identify the one you saw. Well, it turns out that because you described the face in words, you will be less accurate than your friend at correctly identifying the face. This is because you effectively rewrote the original experience in your own mind, while your friend, who didn’t talk about the experience, was left with their visual impression intact.

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“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

Language for humans is like water for fish — it’s everywhere, but we hardly see it, and that creates an exploitable vulnerability.

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