Life seems to deal in a quantum way, in whole units.
The land, of course, speaks with many voices, and so do people. But the reason they are able to do things like write instant messaging software that can take brain signals and translate them into text that isn’t the “speakers” native language is, that the concepts we link our sounds to are indeed universal.
AAAAH! has universal meaning. Growling sounds have universal meaning. Laughter has universal meaning, and all of these have shaped every language spoken on the planet.
What do you think of the backward music playback phenomenon? Songs played backwards often still sound like speech.
I think it’s like people seeing faces in things. Our brains are programmed to find patterns even if they aren’t there. Well, I think it’s more complicated than that specifically. I will go into that. If it were just simple brain programming, that might explain backward music, but there is another related experience that also manifests as language.
There is a situation where there is no lingual tone at all, no sibilants or anything like sounds the human mouth would make. It’s just supposedly rhythmic complex noise, nonsense, but as your brain habituates to it, it will begin to sound like language, a single repetitive phrase. You may have had this experience listening to your car, or washing machine, or other heavy machinery.
Yes, or to train tracks as a train passes over them. Yes.
Remember earlier I suggested that we didn’t invent language? I say we drew language from a pattern of those sounds, each interfering with each other, even sounds we don’t consciously here. They are discovering that the brain does register and respond to a lot of things they think it does not.
Clearly, you’re now speaking of auditory language, not written. Indeed, which is all we will cover today, but I can handle written lexicon in the future if that’s of interest. I offer that “primitive man” intuited words from complex patterns of sound their brain unconsciously picked up on in specific situations and locations. They vocally reproduced a complex pattern of sound that made no conscious sense, but their brains associated it with something they were seeing or feeling or smelling. Ever notice a lot of our words for food stuff sounds like a wooshing noise? Even the word food. When we get really hungry don’t we often hear our blood rushing in our ears? This goes back to the theory of embodied cognition. There is a lot available there that I can’t cover today, so today’s topic is incantation and fractal reiteration…
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.