Will matters and your will is free.
Biological beings all have one thing in common. Communication. Plants through chemical signals, animals through gestural signals, humans through both. They say that human language is an adaption of forms of animal communication. Could we learn to communicate outside of that?
I will give an example. I can communicate three different things. They won’t be words, but you will still be able to make sense of them. Shall I?
What three things did I communicate?
Yes/okay, I know, and go away?
Do these make sense? If so why?
They are expressions of pure emotion. They are ingrained in our awareness and used between species. What is a crow saying when you hear “aaaah! aaah! Aaah!”
Maybe “food over here.” Maybe announcing territory.
It’s passionate, semi aggressive, motivated. Does it differ when any other species makes the same noise?
Perhaps in context.
Some of my cat’s meows have the inflection of a question, others are demanding, some are disgruntled.
We can read animal tones of voice (needed to in order to avoid the aggression of other species), but we also learned to anticipate other behaviours and capitalize on them. We aren’t even the only species to have done it. Wolverines follow a specific species of bird when signalled, and the bird itself deliberately seeks them out to give that cry because they want the wolverine to climb the tree they found and knock the bee hive down. They both wind up eating and neither turns on the other. The only species on this planet that is universally feared is humanity, but they have communicated have they not? Is it any different than our own communications?
Similar in function. Similar in expression.
Their other channel of communication is referred to as lexical. It shows up in birds and dolphins. They have even confirmed that dolphins have identifying calls for each other, “names.” But lexical communication is rhythm based, structured in what we would think of as phrases. Actually, even a bees dance is lexical, perhaps, but our own words are universally a combination of those emotive grunts and rhythmic counting.
Especially music. There is even evidence suggesting that singing is the human primary mode of communication, creating patterns of rhythm. Our brains seem to understand them at a primary core level.
A child’s cooing is musical like a birds.
Now how would language emerge in any way independent from our organ function? Our ears respond to sound waves. Our eyes to light waves. How would we arrive at an artificial language that has nothing to do with these processes?
The shape of our vocal chords determines the noises we can make. There is evidence that we devised means of imitating sounds even before we could make them vocally.
I don’t know except maybe that is what math is? Math, information, + and -, electrical polarization, optic polarization, binary neural states even though even they are not strictly binary, it’s true enough to be functional.
We can digitize everything. Can and did. There is evidence suggesting that some forms of computation were engaged in even by prehistoric man, counting marks on stones, and well, also signs of sophisticated observational ability, both tool design and material qualities. Figuring out that a specific kind of leaf is bug repellent, for example.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.