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Whorfianism

John Lennon: You speak English?

Jeremy Hillary Boob, Phd.: Old English, middle, a dialect, pure.

Paul McCartney: Well, do you speak English?

Jeremy Hillary Boob, Phd.: You know, I'm not sure!

Ringo Starr: He's so smart, he doesn't even remember what he knows.

The theory of Whorfianim states that language is a critical part of how we form thoughts. We've all heard this, we know it, accept it. There's a fair amount of scientific evidence that it isn't true. Let that sink in for a minute. Language has a huge effect on how we communicate thoughts but it has less to do with the way we think. For more on this: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-language-shape-what/

Despite that, I'd like to submit to you that programming languages are a critical part of how we form code. And, I'd like to further assert that the biggest impact is from the first language — or languages — you use professionally or extensively.

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