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Title: Whorf Essay

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Subject: Philosophy
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Date: February 4, 2001
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By reading the color of the sky, or the position of the sun, a Hopi walking in the desert will most likely know how fast he would have to walk in order to get to a certain location before dark. Yet the Hopi has no word for time, let alone been introduced to the time in motion formula d = rt, or distances equals rate times time...

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The concept of time does not "disappear" in the Hopi universe; it simply presents itself in a form different from ours. And while it is probably true that a Hopi would have a hard time grasping the concept of three hours, or five minutes, it is reckless and ethnocentric to conclude that the Hopi would have no concept of time without dividing it up into increments of sixty and twenty-four...

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