Language is central to the experience of being human. Studies have shown that the language a person speaks profoundly shape the way the individual thinks, sees the world, and lives life. Studies of the way in which an artist personifies abstract concepts (e.g., death) in human form: about 85% of the time, whether a male or female figure is selected can be predicted by the grammatical gender of the word in the artist’s native language. For example, Russian painters are more likely to paint death as a woman; German painters are more likely to portray death as a man. (Max Brockman, Editor. What’s Next? Dispatches on the Future of Science. p 118-123. NY:Vintage Books, 2009.)