Throughout the 20th century, many considered the relationships between our use of language and our behaviors and attitudes. New languages were invented — such as Esperanto and Basic English — in the hopes that they would become “universal” and, as a result, bring about a more harmonious world. Others, such as Alfred Korzybski with his General Semantics, proposed that by changing our use of language, we could become “sane” — individually and collectively. Still others, including the celebrated Noam Chomsky, searched (in vain) for a Universal Grammar, with which a far more active intervention into “controlling” human behaviors might be mounted. Some even devised schemes for “self-brainwashing,” such as the celebrated Neuro-Linquistic Programming.

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