Linguistics

I think perhaps the most important problem is that we are trying to understand the fundamental workings of the universe via languages devised for telling one another where the best fruit is. ~ Terry Pratchett

Categorical labelling (naming a “thing”), the basis of all languages, is a tool that humans use to resolve the impossible complexity of the environments we grapple to perceive. Like so many human faculties, it's adaptive and miraculous, but it also contributes to some of the deepest problems we face.

The words we use to describe what we see aren't just idle placeholders, they actually determine what we see.