Language


hope Language(s) as used by humans is unique to us - to make sounds that have shared meaning and permit people to communicate is amazing.

Yet language is not always used with facility, or used well, and too often there are misunderstandings and mis-communications that arise from the use of shared meaning where we often wonder whether what a speaker says is what a hearer hears and whether there is a full correspondence between the two. Does what one person says match what the other person hears? If not - what takes place that there is a misunderstanding when both people are
using the same language?

Humanity assumes that language puts us somehow above other species, and we accept this
notion without question. But what if the reverse is true? What if our creation of language was
precisely because we lost other ways to communicate and so created language to try to
compensate for the loss? Given the problems encountered with language(s), and the difficulties experienced between speakers and hearers, or writers and readers, we might see that the
problems of language go a bit deeper than we see superficially.

Other species use sounds and other means of communicating, and their sounds are no different
than our use of spoken language in that they are utterances - our words are at base just sounds. Listen to a language you do not speak or understand and all you will hear are sounds - ones that
are strange to your ear and which you do not comprehend.  We think the great distinction between humans and other species is symbolic language - the use of symbols such as alphabets or pictographs.

But again, are we certain that  we are superior in this, or is it possible that other species did not create the use of symbols precisely because  they had no need or use of them?  Perhaps other species have or never lost other more powerful communicative abilities  and so do not need symbols (as an issue aside for whether they could create them or not).

A point in raising this question is to indicate that there are other ways to think about our lives and capacities - to question whether the way we think we understand things are the way they truly are
and that is part of our use of language that is inherent to using language at all.

Consider that humans invented wired communications such as telegraphs and telephones, then
later created wireless radio signals, analog data and later digital data, all in order to communicate
with people at distances.  Yet in contrast, other species have the capability to communicate across vast distances in ways that we simply cannot understand. For example, there are documented
cases of a dog reacting strongly, and only later is a message sent that his master, some thousands
of miles away, died at exactly the time the dog became distressed. There are many such stories,
and many people claim to have observed first-hand this phenomenon, or to have experienced it themselves when a loved one came to harm or was threatened.

Indeed, studies of Twins abound with evidence that two individuals could not only perceive each others' state from vast distances, but could also experience identical pain even though while one person suffered an injury, the other was thousands of miles away and completely uninjured.

The physicist David Bohm contributed to studies of communication, which were intended mainly
as studies of space-time. Bell's theorem which considered the possibility of non-locality (there is extensive research on this and many articles - scientific and scholarly). What was demonstrated
in one experiment was that a single living cell, divided and separated physically, each part could communicate with the other at precisely the same time. As one part of the cell was manipulated,
the other underwent identical changes synchronously - with no lag whatever. The implications to science were profound, and beyond the scope of what is discussed here. But what is relevant 
is that there was some type of communication between those cells that had been previously
unknown in conventional terms, but such a capacity seems to exist in other species and some humans.

With the evidence from these experiments and the validation of the theories, much of the old thinking of Physics and Science was disputed. In other words, the language of mathematics and physics found a way to describe and reveal a type of communication that we can assume preceded our common types of language, and the languages of physics and mathematics. Is it possible then,
that the current use of language(s) were created by humans for exactly the reason of recovering
lost forms of communication?


More to come.
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