Comment on Is Language a Window into Human Nature?

Wildcat Sat, Aug 23, 2008
ehorn: "
I fully appreciate everything you have pointed out at this point, but I don't think that a new language necessarily has to be a developed through technological means. I imagine that we have everything we need to within us (or at least much more than we're currently using) to communicate the subtleties that evade this language

That a new language need not necessarily be developed via technology is obvious, the point is that technology (as the engineering or manifest facet of science) allows certain aspects of reality to be perceived in a manner previously unknown or inexperienced by the human mind (microorganisms for example is a meaningless word if you do not have a microscope to witness the reality the word points to).

You state that: “we have everything we need within us (or at least much more than we are currently using), and to this I both agree and disagree, to the second part of the statement, namely the fact that we use less than what we can (or have as potential), I agree wholeheartedly, there is no doubt in my mind that we are much more capable creatures than the apparent reality shows and actually portrays. However to the first part, namely, that ‘we have everything we need within us’ I wholeheartedly disagree, I do not think that we have as of yet the capabilities, that have evolved in us, to realize in language the subtleties of the world science has discovered and technology has made evident.
It is my firm belief in this case that the words we use at present represent a tiny spectrum of the possible fuzzy phase space of a much larger and subtler reality.

As to your suggestion to bring back (or indeed to finally embed) art and music into education as the motoric, mimetic, sensorial and emotional aspect of language I couldn’t agree more. Communication between humans nowadays has devolved into a series of agreed (or disagreed upon) fixed symbols with very little leeway in the realm of deeper expression.