chapter  34
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The Two Uses of Language

The relative importance o f the two sets o f factors varies enor­ mously. A sufficiently hungry man will eat almost anything which can be chewed or swallowed. The nature o f the sub­ stance, within these limits, has very little effect upon his behav­ iour. A replete person, by contrast, will only eat such things as he expects will taste pleasant, or regards as possessing definite ben­ eficial properties, for example, medicines. His behaviour, in other words, depends almost entirely upon the character o f his optical or olfactory stimulation.