It's language, stupid!

The human — and no other — possesses the one essential tool which makes a social construction of reality possible. That tool is language. Not only is language the means by which this kind of reality construction is accomplished, it is also the means by which the realities, once constructed, are preserved and transmitted from person to person and from generation to generation. Hence, it is entirely appropriate to refer more specifically to the linguistic construction of reality.

Grace, GW. (1987) The linguistic construction of reality. London: Croom Helm

In the reality-construction view, the imperfectness of our access to knowledge of the real world assumes central importance. Emphasis is placed the fact that we do not have direct access to the real world itself, but only to the data about it provided by our senses. And these provide very incomplete information.

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