Journal of Futures Studies

Ta’wil Al-Ahaadith: A philological perspective to semantic roots of strategic foresight in ancient Arabic

by Vahid V. Motlagh

Introduction

Different languages result in different mental models. Boroditsky (2009), an expert on symbolic systems, points out that “even what might be deemed frivolous aspects of language can have far reaching effects on how we see the world” and on the way we think about space, things, time, and events. Also, Chen (2012) provides a literature review of the documented effects of languages on human cognition. He suggests a new tested hypothesis: the more futureless your language, the more likely you tend to save for the future. In other words, more distinction between now and tomorrow in our speech will only results in more discounting of the future as compared to the present. The impacts of language, based on his model of choice, are not limited to the economic behavior, however, and could have implication for long term health too.(continue…)

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